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National Black Election Study, 1996 (ICPSR 2029)

Principal Investigator(s): Tate, Katherine, University of California, Irvine


This data collection provides information on the attitudes and political preferences of the Black electorate during the 1996 presidential election, and contains both pre- and post-election components. A total of 1,216 respondents completed interviews during the pre-election component, 854 of whom were reinterviewed for the post-election component. Questions regarding party identification, political interest, and preferences and choices for president were asked. In addition, respondents were matched to their congressional districts and asked to evaluate their House representatives. Also included were questions regarding social and political values, perceptions and evaluations of candidates and groups, opinions on questions of public policy, participation in political life, race and gender issues, economic matters, quality of life, government spending, and religion and church politics. Demographic information on respondents includes sex, age, education, marital status, income, and occupation and industry.

Series: National Black Election Study Series

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Study Description


Tate, Katherine. NATIONAL BLACK ELECTION STUDY, 1996. ICPSR version. Columbus, OH: Ohio State University [producer], 1997. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2004. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02029.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02029.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • National Science Foundation (SBR-9507469)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    African Americans, congressional candidates, economic conditions, gender issues, government spending, minority voters, political affiliation, political attitudes, political interest, political issues, political participation, presidential campaigns, presidential candidates, presidential elections, public approval, public opinion, public policy, quality of life, racial attitudes, religious beliefs, social values, special interest groups, voter attitudes, voter preferences, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1996

Date of Collection:   

  • 1996-09-09--1997-01-06

Universe:    All Black households in the United States with telephones.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The codebook and data collection instruments are provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.


Sample:    Stratified random sample.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1998-08-03

Version History:

  • 2004-11-24 The principal investigator has resupplied part of the documentation. She has updated the codebook to include a citation that was not available in the previous version.
  • 2004-10-01 The principal investigator has resupplied part of the documentation.

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