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									                                                                        Codebook for 2005 Davidson Survey

Question                                                                                Variable       Values
2. For each organization that follows, please rate that organization using something
called a feeling thermometer, which ranges from 0 to 100.
      a. Residence Life Office (RLO)                                                    raterlo        0 to 100 (“.” denotes “don’t know”)
      b. Patterson Court                                                                ratepc         0 to 100 (“.” denotes “don’t know”)
      c. Student Government Association (SGA)                                           ratesga        0 to 100 (“.” denotes “don’t know”)
      d. Union Board                                                                    rateub         0 to 100 (“.” denotes “don’t know”)
      e. President’s Office                                                             ratepo         0 to 100 (“.” denotes “don’t know”)
      f. Campus Safety                                                                  ratecsaf       0 to 100 (“.” denotes “don’t know”)
      g. ITS                                                                            rateits        0 to 100 (“.” denotes “don’t know”)
      h. Career Services                                                                ratecser       0 to 100 (“.” denotes “don’t know”)
      i. The Davidsonian                                                                ratedav        0 to 100 (“.” denotes “don’t know”)
3. What is Harriet Miers’ most recent position in government?                           mierspos       1. Director of FEMA
                                                                                                       2. Counsel to the President
                                                                                                       3. Ambassador to the U.N.
                                                                                                       4. Speaker of the U.S. House
                                                                                                       5. Attorney General of the U.S.
4. Do you support or oppose the nomination of Harriet Miers to the U.S. Supreme         miersnom       1. strongly support
Court?                                                                                                 2. somewhat support
                                                                                                       3. somewhat oppose
                                                                                                       4. strongly oppose
                                                                                                       5. no opinion/don’t know
RECEIVE PRO-MIERS FRAME                                                                 mierspro       0. do not receive pro-miers frame
                                                                                                       1. do receive pro-miers frame
RECEIVE CON-MIERS FRAME                                                                 mierscon       0. do not receive con-miers frame
                                                                                                       1. do receive con-miers frame
RECEIVE ABORTION FRAME                                                                  miersabo       0. do not receive abortion frame
                                                                                                       1. do receive abortion frame
5. How important an issue do you believe the illegal immigration situation is in the    iiimpo         1. very important
United States today? Do you see it as a very important issue, somewhat important                       2. somewhat important
issue, not very important issue, or not at all an important issue?                                     3. not very important
                                                                                                       4. not at all important
                                                                                                       5. don’t know
6. What do you think of the U.S. government’s efforts to enforce immigration law at     iibord         1. too much
the U.S.-Mexico border? Is the government enforcing those laws too much, the right                     2. right amount
amount or not enough?                                                                                  3. not enough
                                                                                                       4. don’t know
RECEIVE PRO- OR CON-ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION FRAME                                           iibordpc       -1. do receive con-illegal immigration frame
                                                                                                       0. do not receive either illegal immigration frame
                                                                                                       1. do receive pro-illegal immigration frame
7. Do you believe the U.S. government should make it easier or harder for illegal       iiciti         1. easier
immigrants to become citizens?                                                                         2. keep present policy
                                                                                                       3. harder
                                                                                                       4. don’t know
RECEIVE PRO- OR CON-ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION FRAME                                                iicitipc       -1. do receive con-illegal immigration frame
                                                                                                            0. do not receive either illegal immigration frame
                                                                                                            1. do receive pro-illegal immigration frame
8. Where would you place yourself on a spectrum between the following two                    energy1        1 to 7 (“.” Denotes “don’t know” or in half of sample that did not receive
statements on energy policy: (A) The United States should promote the expansion of                          the question)
traditional sources of energy (oil, coal, and nuclear); and (B) The United States should
promote non-traditional uses of energy (conservation and the development of
alternatives – solar, wind, etc.).
9. On August 8th of this year, President Bush signed a comprehensive energy bill into        energybi       1. strongly support
law. As it is written, the bill aims at increasing domestic production of both traditional                  2. somewhat support
(oil, gas, nuclear) and non-traditional (solar, wind, etc.) energy sources. Do you                          3. somewhat oppose
support or oppose the energy bill?                                                                          4. strongly oppose
                                                                                                            5. don’t know
RECEIVE DEMOCRATIC FRAME                                                                     energybid      0. do not receive Democratic frame
                                                                                                            1. do receive Democratic frame
RECEIVE REPUBLICAN FRAME                                                                     energybir      0. do not receive Republican frame
                                                                                                            1. do receive Republican frame
10. Now, where would you place yourself on a spectrum between the following two              energy2        1 to 7 (“.” Denotes “don’t know” or in half of sample that did not receive
statements on energy policy: (A) The United States should promote the expansion of                          the question)
traditional sources of energy (oil, coal, and nuclear); and (B) The United States should
promote non-traditional uses of energy (conservation and the development of
alternatives – solar, wind, etc.).
11. Before coming to Davidson, have you lived in a region or state where there is a          iipop          0. no
large population of illegal immigrants?                                                                     1. yes
12. IF YES: For how long did you live there? ____                                            iipopyrs       1 to 22
13. For Davidson to provide the best educational experience, how important is it that
the students come from a wide variety of
          a. states and countries?                                                           divstates      1. don’t know
                                                                                                            2. not at all important
                                                                                                            3. somewhat important
                                                                                                            4. very important
         b. racial and ethnic backgrounds?                                                   divracial      1. don’t know
                                                                                                            2. not at all important
                                                                                                            3. somewhat important
                                                                                                            4. very important
         c. religious traditions?                                                            divreligious   1. don’t know
                                                                                                            2. not at all important
                                                                                                            3. somewhat important
                                                                                                            4. very important
         d. socio-economic backgrounds?                                                      divsocio       1. don’t know
                                                                                                            2. not at all important
                                                                                                            3. somewhat important
                                                                                                            4. very important
         e. political and ideological perspectives?                                          divpolitical   1. don’t know
                                                                                                            2. not at all important
                                                                                             2
                                                                                                        3. somewhat important
                                                                                                        4. very important
14. Did you vote in the 2004 presidential election?                                        votecast     0. no
                                                                                                        1. yes
15. Who did you vote for in the 2004 presidential election? (Or, if you had voted in the   votechoice   1. George W. Bush
2004 presidential election, who would you have chosen?)                                                 2. John Kerry
                                                                                                        3. Ralph Nader
                                                                                                        4. other
                                                                                                        5. no opinion
16. To what extent have you discussed the nomination of Harriet Miers with your            miersdis     1. discussed extensively
friends or peers?                                                                                       2. discussed moderately
                                                                                                        3. discussed briefly
                                                                                                        4. did not discuss
17. Are you a member of a political club or organization on campus?                        polclub      0. no
                                                                                                        1. yes
18. IF YES: How active are you in this political club or organization?                     polcluba     1. very active
                                                                                                        2. active
                                                                                                        3. not very active
                                                                                                        4. inactive
                                                                                                        5. don’t know
19. What major are you or do you plan to be?                                               major1,      1. anthropology
                                                                                           major2       2. art
                                                                                                        3. Asian studies
                                                                                                        4. biochemistry
                                                                                                        5. biology
                                                                                                        6. chemistry
                                                                                                        7. CIS
                                                                                                        8. classics
                                                                                                        9. economics
                                                                                                        10. engineering
                                                                                                        11. english
                                                                                                        12. french
                                                                                                        13. german
                                                                                                        14. history
                                                                                                        15. International studies
                                                                                                        16. math
                                                                                                        17. music
                                                                                                        18. neuroscience
                                                                                                        19. Neuroscience
                                                                                                        20. philosophy
                                                                                                        21. physical education
                                                                                                        22. physics
                                                                                                        23. political science
                                                                                                        24. psychology
                                                                                                        25. religion
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                                                                                                 26. russian studies
                                                                                                 27. sociology
                                                                                                 28. pre-med
                                                                                                 29. spanish
                                                                                                 30. theater
                                                                                                 31. education
                                                                                                 40. don't know or undecided
20. How often do you interact with students of other races or ethnic backgrounds at   interact   1. all the time
Davidson?                                                                                        2. somewhat frequently
                                                                                                 3. rarely
                                                                                                 4. not at all
21. How many days a week do you read the newspaper or watch a TV news program?        tv         0 to 7
22. Do you have a personal vehicle here at Davidson?                                  carown     0. no
                                                                                                 1. yes




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22a. IF YES: How may days a week do you drive it?                                       carowndays     0 to 7
23. Which of the following apply to you? (Please check all that do apply.)
      I belong to an eating house.                                                      eathouse       0. no
                                                                                                       1. yes
      I belong to a fraternity.                                                         frat           0. no
                                                                                                       1. yes
      I eat at Vail Commons.                                                            commons        0. no
                                                                                                       1. yes
      I eat independently.                                                              independent    0. no
                                                                                                       1. yes
24. What is your religious affiliation?                                                 religion       1. Baptist
                                                                                                       2. Catholic
                                                                                                       3. Church of Christ
                                                                                                       4. Episcopal
                                                                                                       5. Jewish
                                                                                                       6. Lutheran
                                                                                                       7. Methodist
                                                                                                       8. Presbyterian
                                                                                                       9. Protestant (no mention of specific affiliation, such as Baptist)
                                                                                                       10. Christian (no mention of specific affiliation, such as Baptist)
                                                                                                       11. Other specific Christian religious affiliations (includes Anglican,
                                                                                                       Apostolic, Congregational, Cooperative Baptist, Dutch reformed, Eastern
                                                                                                       Orthodox, Evangelical, Full Gospel, Greek Orthodox, Moravian Christian,
                                                                                                       Orthodox Christian, Quaker, Seventh Day Adventist, Unitarian, United
                                                                                                       Church of Christ, and Wesleyan)
                                                                                                       12. Other religious affiliation (includes ELCA, Hindu, Jedi, Muslim)
                                                                                                       13. Multiple religious affiliations
                                                                                                       14. Agnostic
                                                                                                       15. Atheist
                                                                                                       16. No religious affiliation provided
25. How many days a week do you participate in organized religious services and         religiondays   0 to 7
activities?
26. Generally speaking, do you usually think of yourself as a Democrat, a Republican,   pid            1. strong Democrat
an Independent, or what? 27. [IF ANSWERED DEMOCRAT:] Would you call                                    2. not very strong Democrat
yourself a strong Democrat or a not very strong Democrat?                                              3. Democratic-leaning independent
                                                                                                       4. Independent
                                                                                                       5. Republican-leaning independent
                                                                                                       6. not very strong Republican
                                                                                                       7. strong Republican




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                                                                                           pid3         1. pid=1, 2, or 3
                                                                                                        2. pid=4
                                                                                                        3. pid=5, 6, or 7
                                                                                           pidf         1. pid=4
                                                                                                        2. pid=3 or 5
                                                                                                        3. pid=2 or 6
                                                                                                        4. pid=1 or 7
28. From which of the following sources do you most often gather your political news?
(Please check all that apply.)
      New York Times (print or online)                                                     nyt          0. no
                                                                                                        1. yes
      Wall Street Journal (print or online)                                                wsj          0. no
                                                                                                        1. yes
      other national newspaper (print or online)                                           otherpaper   0. no
                                                                                                        1. yes
      ABC (broadcast or online)                                                            abc          0. no
                                                                                                        1. yes
      CBS (broadcast or online)                                                            cbs          0. no
                                                                                                        1. yes
      CNN (broadcast or online)                                                            cnn          0. no
                                                                                                        1. yes
      FOX (broadcast or online)                                                            fox          0. no
                                                                                                        1. yes
      NBC (broadcast or online)                                                            nbc          0. no
                                                                                                        1. yes
      other cable news outlet                                                              othertv      0. no
                                                                                                        1. yes
      NPR (broadcast or online)                                                            npr          0. no
                                                                                                        1. yes
      other                                                                                other        0. no
                                                                                                        1. yes
29. How many days a week do you engage in political conversation with other                polconvers   0 to 7
Davidson students?
30. Do you consider the current enforcement of campus alcohol policies to be too           alcohol      1. too lenient
lenient, too strict, or about right?                                                                    2. about right
                                                                                                        3. too strict
31. Generally speaking, on economic issues – taxes, government spending, etc. – do         ideoeco      1. strong liberal
you usually think of yourself as a liberal, a conservative, a moderate, or what? 32. [IF                2. not very strong liberal
ANSWERED LIBERAL:] Would you call yourself a strong liberal or a not very strong                        3. liberal-leaning moderate
liberal?                                                                                                4. moderate
                                                                                                        5. conservative leaning moderate
                                                                                                        6. not very strong conservative
                                                                                                        7. strong conservative
                                                                                           ideoeco3     1. liberal
                                                                                                        2. moderate
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                                                                                                          3. conservative
33. Generally speaking, on economic issues – taxes, government spending, etc. – do           ideosoc      1. strong liberal
you usually think of yourself as a liberal, a conservative, a moderate, or what? 34. [IF                  2. not very strong liberal
ANSWERED LIBERAL:] Would you call yourself a strong liberal or a not very strong                          3. liberal-leaning moderate
liberal?                                                                                                  4. moderate
                                                                                                          5. conservative leaning moderate
                                                                                                          6. not very strong conservative
                                                                                                          7. strong conservative
                                                                                             ideosoc3     1. liberal
                                                                                                          2. moderate
                                                                                                          3. conservative
35. Do you agree or disagree with the following statements:
a. The Honor Code is an effective force in promoting an atmosphere of respect and            hceffect     1. strongly agree
trust at Davidson.                                                                                        2. somewhat agree
                                                                                                          3. somewhat disagree
                                                                                                          4. strongly disagree
                                                                                                          5. don’t know
b. I have faith in the ability of the Honor Council to make fair and just decisions with     hcfair       1. strongly agree
respect to Honor Code violations.                                                                         2. somewhat agree
                                                                                                          3. somewhat disagree
                                                                                                          4. strongly disagree
                                                                                                          5. don’t know
c. I believe that most students understand the rules for writing with integrity (i.e., not   hcunder      1. strongly agree
plagiarizing).                                                                                            2. somewhat agree
                                                                                                          3. somewhat disagree
                                                                                                          4. strongly disagree
                                                                                                          5. don’t know
36. Do you participate in varsity athletics?                                                 varsity      0. no
                                                                                                          1. yes
37. IF NOT: would you likely participate at the intercollegiate level if Davidson            varsityp     0. no
sponsored additional varsity sports?                                                                      1. yes
38. IF YES: Which sport(s)?                                                                  varsitys1,   1. badminton
                                                                                             varsitys2,   2. baseball
                                                                                             varsitys3,   3. basketball
                                                                                             varsitys4,   4. boxing
                                                                                             varsitys5,   5. cheerleading
                                                                                             varsitys6    6. crew
                                                                                                          7. cricket
                                                                                                          8. cross country
                                                                                                          9. dating
                                                                                                          10. equestrian
                                                                                                          11. fencing
                                                                                                          12. field hockey
                                                                                                          13. football
                                                                                                          14. golf
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    15. gymnastics
    16. ice hockey
    17. lacrosse
    18. martial arts
    19. ping poing
    20. pole vaulting
    21. racquetball
    22. rugby
    23. sailing
    24. scuba diving
    25. shooting
    26. soccer
    27. softball
    28. sprint football
    29. squash
    30. swimming
    31. table tennis
    32. tennis
    33. track and field
    34. ultimate frisbee
    35. volleyball
    36. water polo
    37. cycling




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39. Do you consider yourself a feminist?                                                      feminist       0. no
                                                                                                             1. yes
                                                                                                             2. don’t know
40. Has your approval of Davidson’s faculty increased or decreased because of the             yowl           -1. decreased
petition on feminism and the Yowl?                                                                           0. no change
                                                                                                             1. increased
                                                                                                             2. don’t know
VERSION OF “PETITION”                                                                         petition       1. “petition on feminism”
                                                                                                             2. “petition on the Yowl”
                                                                                                             3. “petition on feminism and the Yowl”
41. Are you taking a course in the political science department this semester?                course         0. no
                                                                                                             1. yes
42. Does any student organization on campus exclude members on the basis of race?             race           0. no
                                                                                                             1. yes
                                                                                                             2. don’t know
43. IF ANSWERED YES: What is that organization?                                               raceorg1,      1. Alpha Phi Alpha
                                                                                              raceorg2,      2. Black Student Coalition
                                                                                              raceorg3       3. Board of Trustees
                                                                                                             4. diversity office
                                                                                                             5. eating houses
                                                                                                             6. fraternities
                                                                                                             7. Generals
                                                                                                             8. Kappa Alpha
                                                                                                             9. Patterson Court
                                                                                                             10. Phi Delt
                                                                                                             11. Pre-orientation
                                                                                                             12. proposed black sorority
                                                                                                             13. SAE
                                                                                                             14. SGA
                                                                                                             15. SISTAS
                                                                                                             16. tables at commons
                                                                                                             17. theater productions
                                                                                                             30. vague or unclear
44. Should Davidson have sororities on campus?                                                sororities     0. no
                                                                                                             1. yes
                                                                                                             2. don’t know
45. Which party has the most members in the U.S. Senate in Washington?                        senate         0. incorrect
                                                                                                             1. correct
46. How much of a majority is required for the U.S. Senate and House of                       override       0. incorrect
Representatives to override a presidential veto - - one-half plus one vote, three-fifths,                    1. correct
two-thirds, or three-quarters?
47. In general, thinking about the political parties in Washington, would you say             conservative   0. incorrect
Democrats are more conservative than Republicans, or Republicans are more                                    1. correct
conservative than Democrats?
48. Whose responsibility is it to determine if a law is constitutional or not - - is it the   law            0. incorrect
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President, Congress, or the Supreme Court?                        1. correct
49. How many years is the term of a U.S. senator?       term      0. incorrect
                                                                  1. correct
50. How many members of the U.S. House are there?       house     0. incorrect
                                                                  1. correct
51. What political office is now held by Harry Reid?    reid      0. incorrect
                                                                  1. correct
                                                        knowpol   0. zero correct answers to political knowledge questions, up to
                                                                  7. seven correct answers to political knowledge questions




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Other Student Characteristics
  sample             0. student was not in original sample
                     1. student was in original sample
  response           0. student did not respond to survey
                     1. student responded to survey
  white              0. student is not white
                     1. student is white
  south              0. student’s home state is not in the South
                     1. student’s home state is in the South (AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC,
                     SC, TX, and VA)
  active             0. student is not an active student on campus
                     1. student is an active student on campus
  year               1. freshman
                     2. sophomore
                     3. junior
                     4. senior
  major1r, major2r Student’s declared major(s) (to registrar’s office)
  majorpolofficial   (calculated from major1r, major2r)
                     0. student is not a political science major
                     1. student is a political science major
  majorpolreported (calculated from major1, major2)
                     0. student is not a political science major
                     1. student is a political science major
  sex                0. student is male
                     1. student is female




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