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Convention Delegate Study, 1988: [United States] (ICPSR 6366)

Principal Investigator(s): Miller, Warren E.; Jennings, M. Kent


These data represent the fourth in a series of data collection efforts begun in 1972 to gather information on the careers and political perspectives of the delegates to the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. Respondents were asked questions regarding their political participation and preferences, life histories, political goals and expectations, and affiliations with various groups in society. The dataset also documents delegates' attitudes toward political actors such as Jimmy Carter, Ted Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Walter Mondale, Jesse Jackson, Michael Dukakis, Al Gore, Bob Dole, and Jack Kemp, among many others. Attitudes toward the women's movement, the moral majority, gay rights groups, abortion, environmentalists, business interests, defense, and minorities are among the issues also investigated.

Series: Convention Delegate Study Series

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Study Description


Miller, Warren E., and M. Kent Jennings. Convention Delegate Study, 1988: [United States]. ICPSR06366-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1995. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06366.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06366.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • Russell Sage Foundation
  • National Science Foundation

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    biographical data, career expectations, Democratic National Convention, Democratic Party (USA), life history, party delegates, political affiliation, political attitudes, political conventions, political issues, political participation, presidential elections, Republican National Convention, Republican Party (USA)

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1988

Universe:    Delegates to the 1988 Republican and Democratic National Conventions and respondents to CONVENTION DELEGATE STUDY, 1980: [UNITED STATES] (ICPSR 8367) and CONVENTION DELEGATE STUDY, 1984: [UNITED STATES] (ICPSR 8967).

Data Type(s):    survey data


Data Source:

mail questionnaires

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:

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

Restrictions: To preserve respondent confidentiality, certain identifying variables have been restricted from general dissemination. Aggregations of this information for statistical purposes that preserve the anonymity of individual respondents can be obtained from ICPSR in accordance with existing servicing policies.


Original ICPSR Release:   1995-10-12

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