- Title Pages
- Chapter 1 Introduction to the Volume
- Chapter 2 The American National Election Studies and the Importance of New Ideas
- Part 2 Individual Predispositions
- Chapter 3 Self-Monitoring and Political Attitudes
- Chapter 4 Do Confident People Behave Differently?
- Chapter 5 Basic Personal Values and Political Orientations
- Chapter 6 Value Constellations and American Political Life
- Chapter 7 Generalized Trust Questions
- Part 3 Political Orientations and the Media
- Chapter 8 An Alternative Measure of Political Trust
- Chapter 9 Measuring Political Interest
- Chapter 10 Do We Still Need Media Use Measures at All?
- Chapter 11 Sociotropic Voting and the Media
- Part 4 Perceptions of Political Institutions and Groups
- Chapter 12 Perceptions of Similarity and Agreement in Partisan Groups
- Chapter 13 Measuring Everyday Perceptions of the Distribution of the American Electorate
- Chapter 14 Measuring Ambivalence about Government
- Chapter 15 Gender Stereotypes and Gender Preferences in American Politics
- Chapter 16 In Search of a Religious Left
- Part 5 Political Issues
- Chapter 17 Intense Ambivalence
- Chapter 18 Crime, Perceived Criminal Injustice, and Electoral Politics
- Chapter 19 Attitudes toward the Progressivity of Taxes, Corporate Tax, and Estate Tax
- Chapter 20 How the ANES Used Online Commons Proposals and Pilot Study Reports to Develop Its 2008 Questionnaires
- Chapter 21 Concluding Thoughts
Introduction to the Volume
Introduction to the Volume
- (p.3) Chapter 1 Introduction to the Volume
- Improving Public Opinion Surveys
John H. Aldrich
Kathleen M. McGraw
- Princeton University Press
This chapter is an overview of the American National Election Studies (ANES) as well as its functions and overall significance for study. It indicates how and why the ANES achieved its status as the gold standard among public opinion surveys and how this volume seeks to extend that standard. First used in 1948, the ANES has been in the field in every presidential election and nearly every congressional election since. It is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as one of its three “big social science” projects. Moreover, the ANES's sixty years of measuring public opinion and voting behavior has made possible the compilation of time-series analyses that are now starting to show real insights into, and to change how we view, campaigns and elections. To conclude, the chapter provides some insights into the future of survey research.
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