A data set on thermometer ratings for the Democratic party, Republican party, "both major parties", and a major party thermometer index from the American National Election Studies (1978-2012).

anes_partytherms

Format

A data frame with 33830 observations on the following 19 variables.

year

the survey year

uid

a unique identifier for each respondent, taken directly from the time-series files for potential merging

stateabb

the two-character abbreviation for the state of residence for the respondent

therm_dem

the respondent's thermometer rating of the Democratic party

therm_gop

the respondent's thermometer rating of the Republican party

therm_bmp

the respondent's thermometer rating of "both major parties"

mpti

the "major party thermometer index" score for the respondent. See details for more.

age

the age of the respondent

educat

the education-level of the respondent. 1 = 8 grades or less. 2 = high school, no diploma. 3 = high school diploma. 4 = high school "plus non-academic training". 5 = Some college, no degree (includes AA holders). 6 = BA-level degree. 7 = advanced degree, including Bachelor of Laws degrees.

urbanism

1 = central cities. 2 = suburban areas. 3 = rural/small towns/outlying areas.

pid7

1 = Strong Democrat. 2 = Weak Democrat. 3 = Independent, lean Democrat. 4 = Independent. 5 = Independent, lean Republican. 6 = Weak Republican. 7 = Strong Republican

incomeperc

respondent's household income percentile. 1 = 0-16 percentile. 2 = 17-33. 3 = 34-67. 4 = 68-95. 5 = 96-100.

race4

respondent's race-ethnicity summary. 1 = White, non-hispanic. 2 = Black, non-hispanic. 3 = Hispanic. 4 = Other.

unemployed

a binary numeric vector for if the respondent is temporarily unemployed.

polint

the respondent's self-reported interest in public affairs. 1 = Hardly at all. 2 = Only now and then. 3 = Some of the time. 4 = Most of the time.

distrust_govt

the respondent's self-reported (dis)trust in the federal government's ability to do what's right. 1 = Just about always (trust the government). 2 = Most of the time. 3 = Some of the time. 4 = None of the time/never.

govt_crooked

the respondent's assessment of how many government officials are crooked. 1 = Hardly any. 2 = Not many. 3 = Quite a few; quite a lot.

govt_waste

the respondent's assessment of how much the government wastes in tax money. 1 = Not very much. 2 = Some. 3 = A lot.

govt_biginterests

the respondent's assessment of whether the government is run by a few big interests. 0 = Run for the benefit of all people. 1 = Run by a few big interests.

Source

Data come from ANES's time series file.

Details

The major party thermometer index is calculated as the thermometer rating for the Democratic party minus the thermometer rating for the Republican party. 100 is then added to that difference, which is then divided by 2. Fractional results are rounded to the next highest integer. Also note the coding of the "government distrust" measures. These are reverse-coded from their original scales.