ABOUT THE DATASET:
Time Series Study
Completions: 2,705 pre-election; 2,285 post-election
Sample: all fresh cross-section
Modes used: face-to-face, mail
STUDY CONTENT HIGHLIGHTS:
STUDY DESIGN HIGHLIGHTS:
The 1972 ANES was conducted using 2 randomly-assigned versions or 'forms' of the questionnaire. To reduce overall interview length, approximately 20% of content was assigned to half-samples through the form assignments, with 80% of content identical between forms. An unusual aspect of the 1972 design is that each component of the sample assigned to a specific questionnaire version constitutes in itself a representative national cross-section, 1,372 cases in the Form I component, and 1,333 in Form II. In addition, in the post-election wave, 57 Form I respondents were re-designated form III, and 37 Form II respondents were re-designated Form IV, because they were interviewed using a mail questionnaire that contained most, but not all, of the questions included in the face-to-face versions of the post questionnaire.
Beginning September 1, interviews using the 76-minute pre-election instrument were conducted prior to Election Day, November 7. The post-election interview was administered November 8, 1972-February, 1973. Of the 3,606 eligible cases, 2,705 completed pre-election interviews, and 2,285 were re-interviewed in the post.