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'U' conducts top political


When the nation's eyes focus on the
presidential election, University
researchers zoom in on the voters.
Since 1952, researchers at the
University's Institute for Social
Research have conducted the National
Election Study, a survey which is
highly regarded by both political scien-
tists and campaign coordinators.
foundation of the studies of electoral
behavior," said project director Santa
Every four years, the country is
divided into geographical areas,
Traugott said. - People from these sec-
tions are selected at random and inter-
viewed at home; follow-up inter-

views are conducted by phone to see
how opinions have changed.
Core questions such as party iden-
tification are used to determine long-
term party loyalty trends.
THESE LONG-TERM trends are
important to political organizations
because party identification is the most
important factor in an election,
political science Prof. Greg Markus
According to Markus, the survey
provides the raw material which
illustrates why people vote as they do.
Another trend the poll examines is
the baby boom generation's effect on
American politics.
BABY BOOMERS are becoming

dissatisfied with both major parties,
Markus said. Many of the younger
people are more conservative than
their parents, he said, adding that
unless they respond to these changing
attitudes, political parties are "really
headed for trouble."
And many are watching the survey to
determine if parties are in trouble.
Nearly every political science student
has encountered the survey in some
form or another.
Political Science Prof. Sam Elder-
sveld, said he has used data from the
study in a book he has authored.
The survey, however, is not used ex-
clusively by the academic community.
Mary Lakens of Detroit-based
Market Opinion Research, pollsters for

Republican candidates, said the poll is
helpful in her work.
Her firm uses the University's survey
as a background for their own polls, she
said, explaining that they compare
their image of thetelectorate with the
National Election Survey to better un-
derstand the implications of their own
And once they understand the elec-
torate, they are able to develop a cam-
paign strategy, she said.
The survey's results will be released
in the spring, Traugott said. ISR also
conducts similar polls during
Congressional election years that do not
coincide with a'Presidential election.

Utility costs may harm economy, lobbyist says

Cost overruns and overbuilding at some of the
state's power plants will cause utility rates to
skyrocket, forcing businesses to leave the state, the
director of a major state consumer group said last
In a speech before 60 members of the Association of
Energy Engineers gathered at Eastern Michigan
University's McKenny Union, Joseph Tuchinsky,
director of the Michigan Citizens' Lobby said over-
building facilities such as the Midland, Fermi II, and
Belle River power plants will increase power costs
beyond the competitive point.
"The rate increases requested by Consumer's
Power and Detroit Edison last year could lead to in-

dustrial rates 60 percent higher than Indiana and
Ohio," Tuchinsky said, adding that Michigan must
compete with these states for industry.
Currently the MCL is sponsoring a ballot proposal
requiring utilities to show that the power produced by
a new plant is needed and is the cheapest available
way of providing power.
According to Tuchinsky, the energy demand rate

isn't growing.
"The growth rate at peak demand from 1973 to 1983
never passed one percent per year. The rate projec-
ted by the Michigan Energy Administration-hardly
a radical, consumerist group-through the year 2000
is also one percent," Tuchinsky said.
"Contrary to common belief.. . there is no linkage
between the expanding economy and expanding
demand for electricity," he said.

Associated Press
Light bright
Lightning bolts dance across the San Francisco skyline early yesterday
morning as a storm moves through the city. The Golden Gate Bridge is
shown in the foreground of the five-minute time exposure.
Computer terminals to
move into UGLi lounge
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we were able to come up with a development stage, Norden said, ad-
collaborative plan which would be ding that no estimate on how much the
beneficial to students and faculty," project will cost or decisions on which
Norden said. computers will be installed have been
plan has gone smoothly, it has hit some There will be at least 40 or 45 Zenith
snags. Z150's as well as a large number of MTS
"By the time the various depar- terminals, Norden said.
tments involved had figured out how According to Norden, the computing
much space they needed, it was too late system will be unique on campus. "I'm
in the summer to get it completed by very excited that all of these infor-
fall term," said Gregory Marks, mational resources will now be found in
assistant to the provost for computing. one place on campus," he said. "It's a
And because of this delay, the new cen- first for Michigan."
ter won't be completed until the end of
the academic year. Correction
"Effective within a week, we'll start
to move the MTS terminals from the old A speech given Tuesday by Ruby
computer center into the former lounge Cohn, entitled "Growing (up) with
space," said Allan Emery, computer Godat,' was sponsored by the
center deputy director. Rackham Graduate School. An item in
It will take a day to move the ter- Tuesday's Happenings column in-
minals to the new center, correctly said that the School of Music
Most of the project is still in the was a sponsor.
Folk singer Claudia Schmidt brings her act to Ann Arbor tonight at 8 p.m.
in the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre.
Bullard Film Series-The Business of America, 7:30 p.m., The Mondragon
Experiment, 9 p.m., E. Quad Aud.
AAFC - King Kong, 7 & 9 p.m., Aud. A.
Cinema Guild-Iphighenia, 7 & 9:20 p.m., Lorch Hall.
MTF-It Happened One Night, 7 p.m., Twentieth Century, 9:15 p.m.,
Michigan Theater.
Mediatrics-The Harder They Fall, 7:10 p.m., Beat the Devil, 9 p.m., Nat.
Performance Network-North Country Opera, 8 p.m., 408 W. Washington.
Ann Arbor Civic Theatre - Key Exchange, 8 p.m., Main and William.
I Speakers
Biological Sci.-Tahir Tizki, "An Overview of Invertebrate Developmen-
tal Genetics," 12:10 p.m., 1139 Nat. Sci.
Bioengineering Honors society-Andy Parker, "Biomedical Support from
Facilities Engineering,"8 p.m., 1078 East Engineering.
CEW-Janet Landman, "Regret and Undoing: Retrospective Analysis of
Hypothetical and Real Life Events," noon, 350 S. Thayer.
Atmosphere and Oceanic Science-G. Louis Smith, "Earth Radiation
Budget Experiment," 4 p.m., 2231 Space Research Bldg.
Chemistry-Michael Wixom, "Photocalorimetric Spectroscopy of Thin
Films," 4p.m., Rm. 1200, Chem. Bldg.
Museum of Anthropology-Jeffery Parsons, "Some Preliminary Thoughts
on Iceland as an Archaeological Laboratory," noon, 2009 Museums Bldg.
Center for Japanese Studies-William Malm, "A Century of Proletarian
Political Music," noon, Lane Hall Commons.
College of Engineering-Roy Maxion, "Automated Diagnosis of Complex
Systems," 3:30 p.m., 165 Chrysler Center.
Progressive Zionist Caucus-Mass Meeting, 7:30 p.m., 1429 Hill.
Women in Communications-Mass Meeting, 4:15 p.m., 2035 Frieze.
Cesarean Prevention Movement-Class, "Choices in Childbirth
Preparation," 7:30 p.m., 2685 Packard.
Center for Eating Disorders-Support Group, 7 p.m., First United
Methodist Church.
Campus Labor Support Group-Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Rm. 124 East Quad.
Scottish Country Dancers-Beginners, 7 p.m.; intermediates, 8 p.m., 2351
Psychiatry-Anxiety Disorders Support Group, 7:30 p.m., 3rd Floor Conf.
Rm., Children's Psych Hospital.
Med. Ctr. Bible Study-12:30 p.m., Chapel, 8th Floor Main Hospital.
Baptist Student Union-Bible Study, 7 p.m., League.
Regents-1 p.m., Regents Rm., Fleming Bldg.
Graduate Christian Fellowship-7 p.m., League.
Sailing Club-7:45, 311 West Engineering.

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