ABOUT THE DATASET:
Time Series Study
Includes: vote validation
Completions: 2,176 post-election
Sample: all fresh cross-section
Modes used: face-to-face
Auxiliary files: nonresponse 'bias' file
STUDY CONTENT HIGHLIGHTS:
In addition to content on electoral participation, voting behavior, and public opinion, the 1986 ANES contains questions in other areas such as values and predispositions, and evaluation of parties. Special-interest and topical content includes new items on political knowledge, racial attitudes, racial policy, and the introduction of the battery on moral traditionalism.
STUDY DESIGN HIGHLIGHTS:
The 1986 ANES was conducted using 2 randomly-assigned versions or 'forms' of the questionnaire. To reduce overall interview length, approximately 25% of content was assigned to half-samples through the form assignments, with 75% of content identical between forms. Questions specific to form 'A' covered material relevant to Presidential evaluation, and questions unique to form 'B' were race-related. Among design features of the 1986 ANES was the coding of probes used by interviewers for a subset of specific questions.
Administration of the post-election interview began immediately after the November 4 elections, and continued until February 7, 1987. The average interview length was 74 minutes, and 2,176 completions were yielded from 3,645 eligible in the sample.
AUXILARY FILES DESCRIPTION:
The 1986 Nonresponse or 'Bias' file contains respondent-level field administration, sampling, and interviewer variables for the full 1986 sample.