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ANES 1980 Major Panel Study

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Miller, Warren E. (University of Michigan. Institute for Social Research. Center for Political Studies)
  • National Election Studies/Center for Political Studies
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • American National Election Study (ANES) Series
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • National Science Foundation
Free Keywords
campaign contributions; candidates; congressional elections; domestic policy; economic conditions; election returns; foreign policy; government performance; information sources; national elections; political affiliation; political attitudes; political campaigns; political efficacy; political issues; political participation; presidential elections; primaries; public approval; public opinion; Reagan Administration (1981-1989); special interest groups; trust in government; voter expectations; voter history; voting behavior
  • Abstract

    This study is part of a time-series collection of national surveys fielded continuously since 1948, and designed to present data on Americans' social backgrounds, enduring political predispositions, social and political values, perceptions and evaluations of groups and candidates, opinions on questions of public policy, and participation in political life. Content areas targeted for special attention were respondents' party identification, their attitudes regarding public policy issues, public perceptions of, and responses to political leadership, as well as the exploration of social networks in the crystallization of the vote choice. The Major Panel File (P1-P4), presents a year-long four-wave panel. The timing of the waves corresponds to events in the election year cycle. The panel began in late January 1980 (P-1) as a national cross-section of 1,008 cases, and interviewing ended before the New Hampshire primary on February 24, 1980. Respondents from the first wave were re-interviewed in June (P-2) immediately after the last set of primary elections that were held on June 3, 1980. The third panel interview (P-3) was conducted during the month of September 1980. The fourth and final wave (P-4) was conducted immediately after the general election and includes re-interviews with respondents who did not participate in Wave 3. Wave 4 was a fifteen-minute telephone interview, covering mainly the respondents' vote preferences and participation in the election campaign. Contextual information is included in the dataset.
  • Methods

    There are no weight variables in this dataset.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1980-01-22 / 1980-02-25
    Time period: 1980-01-22--1980-02-25
  • 1980-06-04 / 1980-07-13
    Time period: 1980-06-04--1980-07-13
  • 1980-09-02 / 1980-10-01
    Time period: 1980-09-02--1980-10-01
  • 1980-11-05 / 1980-11-25
    Time period: 1980-11-05--1980-11-25
  • 1980-01-22 / 1980-02-25
    Collection date: 1980-01-22--1980-02-25
  • 1980-06-04 / 1980-07-13
    Collection date: 1980-06-04--1980-07-13
  • 1980-09-02 / 1980-10-01
    Collection date: 1980-09-02--1980-10-01
  • 1980-11-05 / 1980-11-25
    Collection date: 1980-11-05--1980-11-25
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
U.S. citizens of voting age living in private households in the 48 contiguous states. Smallest Geographic Unit: congressional district
Multistage representative cross-section.
Collection Mode
  • face-to-face interview, telephone interview

    The ANES 1980 Major Panel variables are numbered as follows:VMP0001-VMP0612: Wave 1 (January);; VMP2001-VMP2440: Wave 2 (June);; VMP3001-VMP3587: Wave 3 (September);; VMP4001-VMP4114 Wave 4 (November);; VMP4115-VMP4126: Vote Validation Variables;; VMP5001-VMP5225: Contextual variables.;

    An additional "Minor Panel" consisting of interviews in April with a post-election telephone re-interview is available only in the ANES 1980 Merged File (ICPSR 35119)

    For further information please see the ANES Data Center Web site.

2016-02-26 SPSS, SAS, and Stata setup files, as well as SPSS and Stata system files, a SAS transport (CPORT) file, a tab-delimited data file, and an R data file have been added to the collection. The codebook was updated. Funding insitution(s): National Science Foundation (SOC77-08885).
This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 35120 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR35120.v2

Update Metadata: 2016-02-26 | Issue Number: 7 | Registration Date: 2015-06-16

Miller, Warren E.; National Election Studies/Center for Political Studies (2014): ANES 1980 Major Panel Study. Version 1. American National Election Study (ANES) Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.