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Study Report

Study Number: HA-006-002-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1980

Subject Area: Elites and Leadership

Bibliographic Citation: Party elites in the United States, 1980: Republican and Democratic Party leaders.  [machine-readable data file] / Jackson, John S. III  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 8209

Date Accessioned: 7/22/1994

Number of Files Received: 2

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Date Ordered: 5/28/1994

Documentation: Hard copy codebook plus SPSS control card file.

Abstract: This dataset was designed to provide information on the personal and political backgrounds, political attitudes, and relevant behavior of party leaders. The data pertain to Democratic and Republican party elites holding office during the election year of 1980 and include County and State Chairs, members of the Democratic and Republican National Committees, and delegates to the National Conventions. These data focus on the ''representativeness'' of the party elites on a variety of dimensions and also permit a comparison of party leaders from the local, state, and national organizational levels. Other issues explored include the party reform era, the effects of the growing body of party law, and the nationalization of the political parties. Specific variables include characterization of respondent's political beliefs on the liberal-conservative scale, length of time the respondent had been active in the party, and the respondent's opinions on minorities in the party, party unity, national- and local-level party strength, and party loyalty. Respondents were also queried on attitudes toward important national problems, defense spending, and inflation. In addition, their opinions were elicited on controversial provisions in their parties' charters and on the directions their parties should take in the future. Demographic characteristics are supplied as well.

SOURCE: self-enumerated forms

UNIVERSE: All Democratic and Republican County Chairs, all Democratic and Republican State Chairs, all National Convention delegates for both parties, and all members of the Democratic and Republican National Committees in 1980.

SAMPLE: A systematic random sampling scheme was employed to sample the Democratic and Republican County Chairs and the National Convention delegates for both parties. Lists for these groups provided by the national parties or assembled from state election authorities were entered randomly and then a one in three skip interval was used. Questionnaires were mailed to all State Chairs and all members of the Democratic and Republican National Committees and the number of questionnaires returned constituted the sample.

NOTE: Certain variables have been recoded by ICPSR to protect the anonymity of respondents.

EXTENT OF COLLECTION: 1 data file + SPSS Control Cards.

DATA TYPE: survey data

DATA FORMAT: Card Image with SPSS Control Cards


DATE OF COLLECTION: July-September 1980

FUNDING AGENCY: National Science Foundation.


SUBJECT TERMS: campaigns. conservatism. conventions, political. defense expenditures. delegates. demographic characteristics. domestic affairs. governing council. group political orientation. ideology. inflation. liberalism. local politics. loyalty. minority affairs. national conventions. party leadership. political activities. political attitudes and behavior. political elites. political parties. political system characteristics. primary elections. racial attitudes. representation. state politics. Democratic convention. Republican convention. United States.


Crotty, William, and John S. Jackson, III. PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARIES AND NOMINATIONS. Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Press, 1985. Jackson, John S. III, Barbara Leavitt Brown, and David Bositis. ''Herbert McClosky and Friends Revisited: 1980 Democratic and Republican Party Elites Compared to the Mass Public.'' AMERICAN POLITICS QUARTERLY, Vol. 10, No. 2 (April, 1982), 158-180. Jackson, John S. III. ''The 1980 Democratic Primary in Illinois'' in THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION AND TRANSITION: 1980-1981, by Paul T. David and David H. Everson (Carbondale, Illinois: Southern Illinois University Press, 1983), 27-44.

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