This study is provided by ICPSR. ICPSR provides leadership and training in data access, curation, and methods of analysis for a diverse and expanding social science research community.

National Politics Study, 2004 (ICPSR 24483)

Principal Investigator(s): Jackson, James S., University of Michigan; Hutchings, Vincent L., University of Michigan; Brown, Ronald, Wayne State University; Wong, Cara, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign


The primary goal of the National Politics Study (NPS) was to gather comparative data about individuals' political attitudes, beliefs, aspirations, and behaviors at the beginning of the 21st century. Exploring the nature of political involvement and participation among individuals from different racial and ethnic groups, the survey included questions about voting preferences, party affiliation, organizational membership, immigration, racial consciousness, acculturation, and views of government policies.

Access Notes

  • Data in this collection are available only to users at ICPSR member institutions. Please log in so we can determine if you are with a member institution and have access to these data files.


Dataset - Download All Files (10.336 MB)
SAS    SPSS    Stata    ASCII    Excel/TSV
ASCII + SAS Setup    SPSS Setup    Stata Setup   

Study Description


Jackson, James S., Vincent L. Hutchings, Ronald Brown, and Cara Wong. National Politics Study, 2004. ICPSR24483-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-03-23. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR24483.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR24483.v1

Export Citation:

  • RIS (generic format for RefWorks, EndNote, etc.)
  • EndNote XML (EndNote X4.0.1 or higher)


This study was funded by:

  • National Science Foundation
  • Carnegie Corporation
  • University of Michigan. Office of the Vice President for Research

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Affirmative Action, African Americans, Asian Americans, Bush Administration (George W., 2001-2009), citizenship, economic conditions, education, employment, ethnic groups, ethnic tensions, gender issues, gender roles, government, government spending, Hispanic or Latino Americans, immigrants, job opportunities, life satisfaction, media influence, minorities, national identity, patriotism, police community relations, political affiliation, political interest, public approval, race relations, racial attitudes, racial discrimination, religious affiliation, same-sex marriage, voter preferences, voting behavior, White Americans

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2004-09-03--2005-02-25

Date of Collection:   

  • 2004-09-03--2005-02-25

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The National Politics Study, 2004 builds upon the work and methodologies used in the following studies:

  • National Survey of American Life (NSAL)

  • National Latino and Asian American Survey (NLAAS)

  • National Black Election Panel Study, 1984 and 1988 (ICPSR 9954)

  • National Black Politics Study, 1993 (ICPSR 2018)

  • Latino National Political Survey, 1989-1990 (ICPSR 6841)

  • National Asian American Political Survey, 2000-2001

The National Politics Study (NPS) was a project undertaken by the Program for Research on Black Americans (PRBA) and the Center for Political Studies (CPS) at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research, in cooperation with DataStat Inc., a survey research organization located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The NPS was developed under the sponsorship of the National Science Foundation, the University of Michigan, and the Carnegie Corporation.


Study Purpose:    The primary goal of NPS was to gather comparative data about individuals' political attitudes, beliefs, aspirations, and behaviors at the beginning of the 21st century.

Sample:    From September 2004 to February 2005, a total of 3,339 telephone interviews were conducted throughout the United States. The sample consisted of 756 African Americans, 919 non-Hispanic Whites, 404 Caribbean Blacks, 757 Hispanic Americans, and 503 Asian Americans. For further details about the sample please refer to the codebook.

Weight:    The NPS dataset contains analysis weights that account for nonresponse and post-stratification (WGTPOPNRPS). The final weight was computed as the product of a nonresponse weight and a post-stratification weight, then centered such that the sum of the weights is 3,339, the total number of NPS respondents(WGTCENT).

Mode of Data Collection:    computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI)

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:

  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Created online analysis version with question text.


Original ICPSR Release:   2009-03-23

Related Publications



Metadata Exports

If you're looking for collection-level metadata rather than an individual metadata record, please visit our Metadata Records page.

Download Statistics