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Study Report

Study Number: SM-005-001-1-2-United States-ICPSR-1961

Subject Area: Minorities and Race Relations

Bibliographic Citation: Negro political participation study, 1961-1962.  [machine-readable data file] / Matthews, Donald R.  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 7255

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: 3 volumes hard copy and a book.

Abstract: The major purpose of the study was to explain the rates of political participation among adult Blacks in the South, including voting behavior, political discussion, degree of political organizational activity, participation in demonstrations, and communication with public officials as modes of political participation. Specific variables included pertain to black leadership, effectiveness of black organizations, attitudes of white leaders and officials, the effect of electoral laws on black participation, perceptions of the major parties, party identification, and feelings on race relations. Information was obtained from a white adult sample of 694 respondents, a black adult sample of 618 respondents, and a black college student sample of 264 respondents in the form of 458 variables. Data were collected by interviewers of the same race as the respondent in March-August 1961, for the adult samples and January-March 1962, for the student sample. The adult samples were probability samples drawn from former Confederate states. Identical questions were asked of the two adult samples, and the data may be used for comparative purposes.

SUBJECT TERMS: blacks. college activities. college students. demonstrations. minority affairs. organizations. political organizations. political participation. political party preference. race relations. racial attitudes. schools. social attitudes and behavior. southern United States. students. universities. universities. voting attitudes and behavior. United States.


Matthews, Donald R., and James W. Prothro. Negroes and the New Southern Politics. New York: Harcourt, Brace, and World, 1966. Matthews, Donald R. and James W. Prothro. ''Social and Economic Factors and Negro Voter Registration in the South,'' American Political Science Review, 57(June 1963). Matthews, Donald R. and James W. Prothro. ''Southern Images of Political Parties: A Comparison of Negro and White Attitudes,'' Journal of Politics, 26(February 1964).

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