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SETUPS: Voting Behavior: The 1984 Election

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • American Political Science Association
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • SETUPS Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
Bush, George H.W.; computer programs; economic conditions; Ferraro, Geraldine; government; instructional materials; Mondale, Walter; national elections; political attitudes; political participation; politics; presidential candidates; Reagan, Ronald; voting behavior
  • Abstract

    Supplementary Empirical Teaching Units in Political Science (SETUPS) for American Politics are computer-related modules designed for use in teaching introductory courses in American government and politics. The modules are intended to demonstrate the process of examining evidence and reaching conclusions and to stimulate students to independent, critical thinking and a deeper understanding of substantive content. They enable students with no previous training to make use of the computer to analyze data on political behavior. The data for this module were taken from the pre- and post-election surveys of the AMERICAN NATIONAL ELECTION STUDY, 1984 (ICPSR 8298), conducted by Warren E. Miller and the National Election Studies Board. Only respondents who completed both waves of the survey were included in this subset. Variables provide information on respondents' level of political involvement and knowledge of political issues, and their opinions of the 1984 presidential candidates, Ronald Reagan and Walter Mondale, and the vice-presidential candidates, George Bush and Geraldine Ferraro. Also included are respondents' views on the economy, domestic and foreign affairs, and their general political attitudes and beliefs. Demographic items specify age, sex, race, marital status, education, occupation, income, social class identification, religion, and size and type of community in which respondents resided.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Data, Voting Behavior: The 1984 Election
    • DS2: SPSSx Control Cards, Voting Behavior: The 1984 Election
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1984
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Data were taken from pre- and post-election surveys of the AMERICAN NATIONAL ELECTION STUDY, 1984 (ICPSR 8298).
Collection Mode
  • (1) The data for this instructional subset are distributed by ICPSR through an arrangement with the American Political Science Association (APSA). Manuals for use with the data are available from the APSA Division of Educational Affairs. Individuals at ICPSR member institutions may obtain a bulk order discount on the price of the manuals supplied by the APSA. Faculty should notify the Association of eligibility for the discount and insure that the bookstore order form also indicates Consortium membership. (2) The codebook is provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.

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Alternative Identifiers
  • 8430 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08430.v1

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

American Political Science Association (1986): SETUPS: Voting Behavior: The 1984 Election. Archival Version. SETUPS Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.