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Convention Delegate Study, 1984: [United States] (ICPSR 8967)

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


These data represent a continuation of a data collection effort 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, their attitudes towards the candidates, and their issue preferences. Additionally, questions concerning respondents' life histories, political goals and expectations, and affiliations with various groups in society were asked. Demographic information was also collected.

Series: Convention Delegate Study Series

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Miller, Warren E., and M. Kent Jennings. Convention Delegate Study, 1984: [United States]. ICPSR08967-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 198?. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08967.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08967.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • Russell Sage 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:   

  • 1984

Date of Collection:   

  • 1985

Universe:    Delegates to the 1972, 1976, 1980, and 1984 Republican and Democratic National Conventions.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

This dataset, the 1984 Cross Section, is the first part of a three-part study but may be used independently. Part 2 (Three Wave Panel: 1972, 1980, 1984) and Part 3 (Two Wave Panel: 1980, 1984) will be available in the future. For related data collections, see Convention Delegate Study, 1980 [United States] (ICPSR 8367) and Convention Delegate Study of 1972: Women in Politics (ICPSR 7287).


Sample:    Census of delegates to the 1984 Democratic and Republican National Conventions and all delegates who responded to Part 1 (1980 Cross Section) of the Convention Delegate Study, 1980 [United States] (ICPSR 8367).

Data Source:

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Original ICPSR Release:   1988-10-25

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