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Improving Public Opinion Surveys: Interdisciplinary Innovation and the American National Election Studies

John H. Aldrich and Kathleen M. McGraw


The American National Election Studies (ANES) is the premier social science survey program devoted to voting and elections. Conducted during the presidential election years and midterm Congressional elections, the survey is based on interviews with voters and delves into why they make certain choices. This book brings together a group of leading social scientists that developed and tested new measures that might be added to the ANES, with the ultimate goal of extending scholarly understanding of the causes and consequences of electoral outcomes. The chapters illuminate some of the most importa ... More

Keywords: American National Election Studies, social science survey, voting, elections, political attitudes, political orientation, political trust, abortion, crime, taxes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780691151458
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691151458.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John H. Aldrich, editor
Duke University

Kathleen M. McGraw, editor
Ohio State University

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Front Matter

Part 1 The American National Election Studies: The “Gold Standard” for Survey Research

Chapter 1 Introduction to the Volume

John H. Aldrich and Kathleen M. McGraw

Chapter 3 Self-Monitoring and Political Attitudes

Adam J. Berinsky and Howard Lavine

Chapter 4 Do Confident People Behave Differently?

Julia Albarracín, Wei Wang, and Dolores Albarracín

Chapter 6 Value Constellations and American Political Life

Steven Hitlin and Katherine W. O. Kramer

Chapter 8 An Alternative Measure of Political Trust

Joseph Gershtenson and Dennis L. Plane

Chapter 10 Do We Still Need Media Use Measures at All?

Scott L. Althaus and David H. Tewksbury

Chapter 11 Sociotropic Voting and the Media

Stephen Ansolabehere, Marc Meredith, and Erik Snowberg

Chapter 13 Measuring Everyday Perceptions of the Distribution of the American Electorate

Charles M. Judd, Leaf Van Boven, Michaela Huber, and Ana P. Nunes

Chapter 14 Measuring Ambivalence about Government

Michael D. Martinez, Jason Gainous, and Stephen C. Craig

Chapter 16 In Search of a Religious Left

Stephen T. Mockabee, Kenneth D. Wald, and David C. Leege

Chapter 17 Intense Ambivalence

L. J Zigerell and Heather Marie Rice

Chapter 18 Crime, Perceived Criminal Injustice, and Electoral Politics

Ross L. Matsueda, Kevin Drakulich, John Hagan, Lauren J. Krivo, Ruth D. Peterson

Part 6 Concluding Thoughts and Future Directions

Chapter 21 Concluding Thoughts

John H. Aldrich and Kathleen M. McGraw

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