ABOUT THE DATASET:
Time Series Study
Includes: vote validation
Completions: 2,257 pre-election; 1,989 post-election
Sample: all fresh cross-section
Modes used: face-to-face, telephone
STUDY CONTENT HIGHLIGHTS:
In addition to content on electoral participation, voting behavior, and public opinion, the 1984 ANES contains questions in other areas such as media exposure, and values and predispositions. Special-interest and topical content includes new questions on egalitarianism and economic individualism, a new time seriesbattery on levels of federal budget spending for specific programs, extensive coverage of economic well-being, new group identification items, and a new question on worry about nuclear war.
STUDY DESIGN HIGHLIGHTS:
The 1984 ANES featured a mixed-mode design for the post-election wave. Pre-election respondents were randomly assigned to either face-to-face or telephone administration in the post, using full face-to-face or shorter telephone questionnaires. In addition, 45 post-election respondents who were assigned to face-to-face mode were interviewed by telephone using an abbreviated version of the face-to-face questionnaire administered over the telephone. Another feature of the 1984 design is the repetition in the post-election interview of numerous items from the pre-election interview that were deemed to be campaign reactive, including traits, affects, issue questions, political efficacy items, party identification, and ideological self-placement.
Beginning September 4, interviews were conducted prior to the November 6 elections using a pre-election instrument averaging 76 minutes. Post-election interviews averaged 46 minutes and were administered November 7,1984-January 25, 1985. The sample included 3,132 eligible persons, among whom 2,257 completed pre-election interviews and 1,989 were subsequently re-interviewed in the post