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Media Predictions and Voter Turnout in the United States, Election Day 1980

Version
v1
Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
Creator
  • Jackson, John E.
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
1984-05-08
Funding Reference
  • ABC News
  • Markle Foundation
Language
English
Free Keywords
Carter, Jimmy; election forecasting; media coverage; media influence; national elections; political attitudes; prediction; presidential elections; Reagan, Ronald; voter attitudes; voter registration; voter turnout; voters; voting behavior
Description
  • Abstract

    The purpose of this study was to ascertain whether election night reporting of presidential election results affected voter turnout in the 1980 United States election. The study gathered information on what time of day respondents voted, whether they had heard early reports of election results, and when they heard such reports. The dataset also includes variables used to assess likelihood of voting, including education, region, partisan strength, and feelings of citizen duty, as well as vote validation variables indicating the respondent's registration status and whether he or she voted. This study used part of the sample from the AMERICAN NATIONAL ELECTION STUDY, 1980 (ICPSR 7763). A brief telephone interview was conducted in January 1981 with individuals who participated in that study's Minor Panel (C1-C4) and Traditional Time Series samples (C3-C3po), and who agreed to be reinterviewed and could be reached by telephone. Vote validation variables and variables used to assess the likelihood of voting were drawn from the Integrated File of ICPSR 7763. This dataset can be merged with the entire Integrated File to permit analysis using the full data gathered for these respondents. Merging instructions are included in the machine-readable documentation for this study. Demographic information collected on respondents includes age, educational attainment, and political party affiliation.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Standardized missing values.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents

    Datasets:

    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1980
  • Collection date: 1981-01
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Respondents from the AMERICAN NATIONAL ELECTION STUDY, 1980 (ICPSR 7763) who had agreed to be reinterviewed and could be contacted by telephone. The AMERICAN NATIONAL ELECTION STUDY samples were cross-sectional samples of United States citizens of voting age on November 4, 1980.
Availability
Download
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9001 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
Publications
  • Jackson, John E.. Election Night Reporting and Voter Turnout. American Journal of Political Science.27, (4), 615-635.1983.
    • ID: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2110886 (URL)

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

Jackson, John E. (1984): Media Predictions and Voter Turnout in the United States, Election Day 1980. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09001.v1