We will be using data from the 2008 Canadian General Election Study.1 The data can be found on the course page. As well, there are three other documents (loosely called "codebooks") which have also been posted that will provide you with important information on each variable in the study (such as the actual questions asked of the respondents). HINT: IN THE FOLLOWING EXERCISES I ASK YOU TO DO CERTAIN THINGS WITH VARIABLES IDENTIFIED BY THEIR "NAMES" NOT THEIR "LABELS". THEREFORE, IT MIGHT BE EASIER TO WORK WITH SPSS IF YOU CHANGE THE (last item on the menu) SO THAT IT DISPLAYS VARIABLE "NAMES" NOT "LABELS" IN THE VARIOUS DIALOGUE BOXES.
For each of the following variables:
Use the most appropriate form of graph or chart to display the variable and explain why you chose to use this form of graph or chart. Before you make your graph for each variable, use the 'Select Cases' command found on the menu to exclude those cases for each variable that have missing values (refused to answers, no answers, don't knows, etc.). MAKE SURE THAT WHEN YOU DO THIS YOU ONLY AND DO NOT THEM.