This page corresponds to the course Political Science 205: Introduction to Research Methods. The videos and instructional material referred to within will draw from these four datasets below. I have most recently taught this course in Winter 2016.
1. The 2012 American National Election Studies Dataset
This data refer to a selection from the American National Election Studies. The ANES collects data on survey respondents in each election cycle. This particular set of data were collected during the 2012 American presidential election. ANES staff at the University of Michigan and Stanford University are responsible for collecting this data.
This truncated dataset contains 125 variables with over 5,900 survey respondents. These survey respondents were contacted over the phone, in person, and on the Internet. They were administered the same survey questions, collecting information about political opinions. Go to www.electionstudies.org to view the ANES website.
2. UCSB Facebook & Political Engagement Survey Project
This data is a survey instrument administered during Fall 2009 at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The data collected in this study asks UCSB students about their political use of the social networking site Facebook, in addition to different items on political engagement (participation, knowledge).
This dataset contains 108 variables with over 450 respondents. The survey respondents were recruited in core political science courses, with good representation from majors all over campus. My colleagues and myself published this manuscript in Computers in Human Behavior.
3. Santa Barbara Donor Networks Survey Project
This data refer to information collected in a survey administered to people living in Santa Barbara, California during the 2012 presidential election cycle.
This dataset contains 132 variables with over 650 survey respondents. These survey respondents were included in the sample population because they had donated to a political campaign in the previous 6 years. The survey respondents were contacted over the Internet and via mail. Both groups of respondents were administered the same survey instrument, asking them questions about political trust, their neighborhoods, their political attitudes, and participatory habits.
4. Global Terrorism Database Project
This data refer to the Global Terrorism Database (GTD) maintained by the National Consortium of the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START). The GTD collects data on terrorist incidents beginning in 1970 and is an ongoing project, most recently containing observations collected in 2013. START staff at the University of Maryland conducts all ongoing data collection.
This truncated dataset contains 29 variables with over 125,000 separate terrorist incidents occurring in 160 countries. The availability of valid source documents varies considerably. The GTD also has significant missing gaps in the year 1993 because of the misplacement of data. The coding strategy used in this dataset relies on six coding teams that each specialize on a particular domain of the GTD codebook. The teams are comprised of 3-6 undergraduate or graduate student interns led by a full-time research assistant. Go to www.start.umd.edu/gtd to view the GTD website.
SPSS Transforming Variables
Crosstabs and Chi-Squares
Correlations in SPSS
Regressions in SPSS