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Southern Grassroots Party Activists Project, 2001 (ICPSR 4266)

Principal Investigator(s): Clark, John A., Western Michigan University; Prysby, Charles, University of North Carolina at Greensboro


Similar to SOUTHERN GRASSROOTS PARTY ACTIVISTS PROJECT, 1991-1992 (ICPSR 6307), this 2001 data collection is a study of politics at the grassroots level. The immediate goal of the project was to describe the condition of contemporary grassroots party activism and organization in 11 Southern states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. Political party activists from both the Democratic and Republican parties were surveyed in each of the 11 states, with data focusing on a range of characteristics of the party activists, including their party position, recruitment to party activism, incentives for involvement in party politics, campaign activities, communication with others in the party organization, attitudes toward involvement, perceptions of parties, issue orientations, and demographic and social attributes.

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Study Description


Clark, John A., and Charles Prysby. Southern Grassroots Party Activists Project, 2001. ICPSR04266-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-03-17. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04266.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04266.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • National Science Foundation (SES-9986501, SES-9986523)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Democratic Party (USA), party delegates, political organizations, political participation, political parties, Republican Party (USA), Southern United States, state politics

Geographic Coverage:    Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, United States

Time Period:   

  • 2001

Date of Collection:   

  • 2001 (The data were collected in 2001, but some of the questions asked about behavior or activities for earlier years.)

Universe:    County-level political party activists from both the Democratic and Republican parties in each of the 11 Southern states.

Data Type(s):    survey data, and contextual data


Sample:    The SOUTHERN GRASSROOTS PARTY ACTIVISTS PROJECT, 2001 aimed at surveying county-level political party activists from both the Democratic and Republican parties in each of the 11 Southern states. The target population varied somewhat from state to state and even between parties in the same state, due to differences in party organization and differences in the availability of names. In every case, the intent was to interview county chairs and other members of the county executive committee. The sampling plan for each state and party, the number of individuals initially selected, the number of valid addresses, and the number of returned questionnaires for each state are all provided in the "Sampling Plan" section of the codebook.

Weight:    Weights are included in the dataset. Details are provided in the "Description of the Weight Factor" section of the codebook.

Mode of Data Collection:    self-enumerated questionnaire

Response Rates:    There was a 51.4 percent overall response rate.


Original ICPSR Release:   2006-03-17

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