The American Voter
The American Voter
This book issues from a program of research on the American electorate that extends back to 1948. In that year the Survey Research Center conducted a national study of the presidential election, and four additional election studies followed in the next ten years. Moreover, other studies conducted by the Center in this period, although not directly concerned with voting, have added to our understanding of the national electorate.
Although we have drawn primarily on election surveys carried out in 1952 and 1956, this book is actually an outgrowth of all the political studies in which the Center has been engaged. Since numerous members of the Survey Research Center staff, many of them no longer associated with the Center, participated in those studies we would like to acknowledge their contributions here. These members include George M. Belknap, Homer C. Cooper, Burton R. Fisher, Gerald Gurin, Robert L. Kahn, Robert O. McWilliams, and Stephen B. Withey.
The program has also had the assistance of Charles F. Cannell, who has been in charge of the Center's excellent field staff throughout this period, of Leslie Kish, who has directed the sampling operations of the Center since 1951, and of Charlotte Winter, director of the Center's coding section. Rensis Likert, director of the Institute for Social Research, of which the Center is a part, has maintained a continuing interest in the program. Needless to say, the program has also depended on the services of the hundreds of interviewers, coders, IBM operators, and statistical clerks who are inevitably involved in research operations of this magnitude. Their names are seldom seen in published reports, but their work provides the basis from which all further analysis follows.
The Survey Research Center is fortunate in having a close and supportive relationship with many of the departments and schools of The University of Michigan. We are particularly indebted to an Advisory Committee of interested faculty members who worked with the . . .