Below are the databases I use for the class. These
files are available for anyone to use and download, but they are intended
for instructional purposes only. I do not warrant that these data meet
professional publishing standards. Persons outside the class who wish to
use the files for research purposes should contact Jeffrey
. The files are SPSS portable files.
To download a file, click on it, and then click on File, Save, in your
web browser. The files are in text format, not binary. Save the file to
your hard drive. To run the file, open the file in any version of SPSS
as a portable (*.por) file.
This file consists of data on each nominee since Earl Warren,
including ideology, qualifications, and voting behavior on the Court.
This file consists of survey responses collected by the class
in homework 1. Data include standard demographic information, political
views and knowledge, and attitudes about the Supreme Court.
This is an abridged version of Harold Spaeth's Supreme Court
database that keeps only orally argued cases, with citation as the unit
of analysis. Many variables have been deleted as well. The file is over
1 mb, so click here for a zipped version of the
file if you prefer.
This is an abridged version of Harold Spaeth's Vinson Court
database that keeps only orally argued cases, with docket as the unit of
analysis. Though many variables have been deleted, I retained the preliminary
votes, the conference votes, and the report votes, among others.
This file provides the votes of every Senator in the Thomas
nomination, as well as party and ADA scores.
This file contains data on every case in which the Solicitor
General filed an amicus brief between 1953 and 1981.