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Negro Political Participation Study, 1961-1962 (ICPSR 7255) RSS

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Summary:

This study was designed to investigate patterns of political participation among adult Blacks in the South. All interviews were taken in the former confederate states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. Along with a Black adults sample (Part 2), a sample of White adults (Part 3) was included as a control group for comparison and a sample of Black students (Part 1) was interviewed with an aim to projecting trends in participation patterns. Variables ascertained voting behavior, political discussion, degree of political organizational activity, participation in demonstrations, and communication with public officials as modes of political participation. Respondents' views on Black leadership, effectiveness of Black organizations, attitudes of White leaders and officials, the effect of electoral laws on Black participation, perceptions of the major parties, party identification, and feelings on race relations were also assessed. The questions asked of both adult samples are identical, and the data may be used for comparative purposes. Demographic data include age, sex, level of education, primary and secondary occupations, religious preference, and family income.

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Dataset(s)

DS0:  Study-Level Files
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DS1:  Students - Download All Files (18.8 MB)
DS2:  Negro Adults - Download All Files (21.4 MB)
DS3:  White Adults - Download All Files (21.9 MB)

Study Description

Citation

Matthews, Donald, and James Prothro. NEGRO POLITICAL PARTICIPATION STUDY, 1961-1962. Conducted by University of Michigan, Survey Research Center. ICPSR07255-v3. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [producer], 1975. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-08-15. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07255.v3

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Funding

This study was funded by:

  • Rockefeller Foundation

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   adults, African Americans, Black community, civil rights movement, community leaders, freedom rides, political behavior, political interest, political organizations, political participation, protest demonstrations, race relations, racial attitudes, segregation, voter attitudes, voter history, voting behavior

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

Time Period:  

  • 1961--1962

Universe:   Black and White adult populations and Black college students from the 11 states of the former Confederacy.

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The Variable.Count of 458 was incorrect in the previous metadata record. The correct Variable.Count is 538.

Methodology

Sample:   Part 1: Representative cross-section sample of Black college students. Parts 2 and 3: Stratified, multistage, probability samples of Black and White adults.

Data Source:

personal interviews

Extent of Processing:  ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Standardized missing values.
  • Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

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Version History:

  • 2006-08-15 This study has been updated from OSIRIS and now includes SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files, a SAS transport (XPORT) file, a SPSS portable file, and a Stata system file.
  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 5 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 4 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

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