ABOUT THE DATASET:
Time Series Study
Completions: 2,248 pre-election; 1,909 post-election
Sample: fresh cross-section and panel
Modes used: face-to-face
STUDY CONTENT HIGHLIGHTS:
The study was designed to produce both a representative cross-section of U.S. adult citizens and to complete a continuing empanelment of cases (1972-1974-1976 and 1974-1976).
Impact of media and presidential debates on political learning; perceptions of economic conditions; quality of life; measures of self-esteem and trust.
STUDY DESIGN HIGHLIGHTS:
The sample consisted of panel respondents and fresh cross-section cases. The full 1976 cross-section sample used the 1972 sample frame to combine all housing units having either a non-moving 1972 respondent in residence or a 1974 cross-section respondent at a 1972 address, together with a two-thirds subsample of housing units which 1972 respondents had vacated and a two-thirds subsample of housing units that had zero chance of selection in 1972 or that produced non-responses or pre-election interviews only in 1972. Among 1976 panel respondents, 204 had first been interviewed in the 1974 ANES, and 925 had been interviewed in both the 1972 ANES and 1974 ANES. In addition, some 1976 ANES panel respondents had not been represented in the 1972 ANES or 1974 ANES.
Beginning September 7, interviews using the 73-minute pre-election instrument were conducted prior to Election Day, November 2. The 83-minute post-election interview was administered November 3, 1976-January 30, 1977. Of the 3,191 eligible cases, 2,248 completed pre-election interviews (1,005 panel, 1,243 fresh cross-section), and 1,909 were re-interviewed in the post (922 panel, 987 fresh cross-section).