The Evangelical Voter in the United States, 1983

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Self-identified Christian voters were interviewed in this survey. Interviewers probed for responses on a variety of political issues, as well as for religious opinions and behavior. Political issues included the nuclear freeze, the Equal Rights Amendment, abortion, prayer in schools, U.S. intervention and aid in Central America, and defense spending. Other data include voting behavior in the 1980 Presidential election, projected voting in the 1984 election, and opinions of various public figures and religious groups. The importance of religious views in the selection of political candidates was assessed by each individual, in addition to opinions and experiences concerning the involvement of religious leaders with politics. Information was also gathered on religious behavior such as church attendance and watching religious television programs. Data on sex, race, educational level, occupation, income, and political party registration are included.
Data File
Cases: 1,000
Variables: 76
Weight Variable: None
Data Collection
Date Collected: July 15, 1983 - July 19, 1983
Funded By
Free Congress Foundation
Collection Procedures
In a national, random-digit dial sample of telephone households, questions concerning religious beliefs were used to screen for persons fitting a specific definition of "evangelical" Christians. The sample includes--but is not limited to--both Protestants and Catholics, and includes a large number of persons identifying themselves as being "born again."
Principal Investigators
Stuart Rothenberg; Frank Newport
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