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Study Report

Study Number: HA-002-001-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1964

Subject Area: Elites and Leadership

Bibliographic Citation: County chairman study, 1965  [machine-readable data file] / University of Michigan. Survey Research Center  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 7200

Comments: Data available via FTP from ICPSR.

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: 1 volume hard copy.

Abstract: These data were collected by mailed questionnaires devised by the Citizen's Research Foundation of Princeton, N.J., in consultation with the Survey Research Center. The former organization mailed the questionnaires in January, 1965. Respondents were Republican and Democratic county chairmen in all SRC primary sampling units except two Southern counties. The data were originally intended as a supplement to the American National Election Study, 1964, enabling researchers to test relationships between campaign activities in certain counties and reported political attitudes and behavior of cross-section respondents living in those counties. Although the data have never been merged with the Survey Research Center's American National Election Study, 1964 , merging may be accomplished quite easily as the county codes used in the 1964 Election Study and those used in the County Chairmen Supplement are identical. The study dealt with county level campaigns during the 1964 election campaign. Much of the data consist of rankings by chairmen of the importance of various campaign activities carried out in their counties in 1964 and evaluations by them of how effectively these were performed, with special emphasis on fund raising methods. In addition, the county chairmen were questioned about their perceptions of the other major party's operations in the county. Other data include estimates of the percentage of contributions of different sizes each party received, the structure and extent of county political organization, a total assessment of all activities, and responses given to open-ended questions on the campaign in general, again with emphasis on financial and solicitation problems, organization, and techniques. This study was based on interviews with 234 respondents, 3 cards of data per respondent, and approximately 90 variables.

SUBJECT TERMS: campaigns. county chairmen. county-level. fund raising. leadership. organizational behavior. political attitudes and behavior. political elites. political organizations. political parties. United States.

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