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Party Elites in the United States, 1976: Democratic National Convention Delegates (ICPSR 8207)

Principal Investigator(s): Jackson, John S. III; Hitlin, Robert A.


This data collection was designed to provide information on the personal and political backgrounds, political attitudes, and relevant behavior of party leaders. Data are presented on delegates to the 1976 Democratic National Convention. Questions focus on the "representativeness" of the party elites who were selected to go to the National Convention and also probe for the leaders' views on a number of important issues related to the "reform" era in the political party and for their opinions on what a national party is and should be. The representation of minorities and females in the process received particular attention as did a comparison of the views of the party professionals. Specific variables include characterization of the respondent's political beliefs on the liberal-conservative scale, length of time the respondent had been active in the Democratic party, and the respondent's positions on party unity, party loyalty, the Campaign Finance Law, the primary system, and directions the party might take in the future. In addition, data are provided on the respondent's views toward certain provisions of the party's Charter. Demographic characteristics are supplied as well.

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Study Description


Jackson, John S. III, and Robert A. Hitlin. Party Elites in the United States, 1976: Democratic National Convention Delegates. ICPSR08207-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1987. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08207.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08207.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    conservatism, delegates, Democratic National Convention, demographic characteristics, liberalism, minority affairs, political attitudes, political campaigns, political conventions, political elites, political participation, political parties, political systems, primaries, racial attitudes

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1976

Date of Collection:   

  • 1976-07--1976-09

Universe:    All 985 official delegates to the 1976 Democratic National Convention.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Certain variables have been recoded to protect the anonymity of respondents.


Sample:    A systematic random sampling design was employed. Official lists of the delegates from all 50 states were provided by the Democratic National Committee. Lists were entered at a random starting point and every third name selected.

Data Source:

self-enumerated forms


Original ICPSR Release:   1988-01-06

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