ABOUT THE DATASET:
Time Series Study
Completions: 1,418 post-election
Sample: all fresh cross-section
Modes used: face-to-face
STUDY CONTENT HIGHLIGHTS:
In addition to content on electoral participation, voting behavior, and public opinion, the 1982 ANES contains questions in other areas such as party evaluation and political knowledge. Special-interest and topical content includes a special focus on evaluation of President Reagan, together with new questions on the Federal spending/services tradeoff and on respondent agreement with House incumbent voting in Congress.
STUDY DESIGN HIGHLIGHTS:
The 1982 ANES is a traditional time series study, conducted face-to-face and constituting a representative national sample drawn using area probability sampling. The study was also conducted, however, as one component of a methodological experiment, which is represented in its entirety in the 1982 Methods Comparison Study and in which interviews adapted from the 1982 ANES were also administered by telephone to respondents selected by random digit dialing (RDD).
Administration of the 1982 ANES post-election interview began immediately after the November 2 elections, and continued until January 31, 1983. The average interview length was 72 minutes, and 1,418 completions were yielded from 1,960 eligible in the sample.