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Study Report

Study Number: KA-002-001-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1972

Subject Area: Primaries, Conventions and Candidate Evaluations

Bibliographic Citation: Convention delegate study of 1972: women in politics.  [machine-readable data file] / Miller, Warren E.  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 7287

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: Hard copy codebook (and two duplicates); OSIRIS dictionary.

Abstract: This study consists of two analytically distinct parts. The first 351 variables contain information from 2,587 delegates to the Republican and Democratic national nominating conventions of 1972 who responded to a pre-convention mail questionnaire (response rate of 58%). The next 381 variables were gathered in post-convention personal interviews with 1,336 respondents selected as a representative sample of delegates. The study focuses on the changing role of women in politics, utilizing the nominating conventions as a means of defining and identifying an elite segment of the population, and women in politics at one point in time. The mail questionnaire provides information on the nature and composition of each of the national conventions in terms of the delegates'' personal life histories, political expectations and aspirations, and attitudes towards candidates, issues, and groups in society and at the conventions. The personal interview builds upon the pre-convention instrument and examines in depth the candidate selection process, the convention proceedings, and the psychological factors involved in women's political activity. Either segment of the data may be analyzed independently, or the appropriate subset of merged data may be selected. In order to preserve the confidentiality of individual respondents in this elite population, certain identifying variables will be permanently restricted from general dissemination. Aggregations of this information for statistical purposes which preserve the anonymity of individual respondents can be provided by the Archive in accordance with existing servicing policies.

SUBJECT TERMS: conventions, political. delegates. gender roles. national conventions. political attitudes and behavior. political elites. political organizations. political parties. roles. sexual attitudes. women. women in politics. Democratic convention. Republican convention.


Kirkpatrick, Jeane. The Presidential Elite, New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 1976.

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