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Latino National Survey (LNS) Focus Group Data, 2006 (ICPSR 29601)

Principal Investigator(s): Fraga, Luis R., University of Washington; Garcia, John A., University of Arizona; Hero, Rodney, University of Notre Dame; Jones-Correa, Michael, Cornell University; Martinez-Ebers, Valerie, Texas Christian University; Segura, Gary M., University of Washington


The focus groups conducted by the research team for the project presented here offer precisely this convergence of both breadth and depth. The team used a common protocol to guide discussion in fifteen focus groups -- with more than 150 participants in nine cities across eight states -- that were designed to include Spanish and English-speaking respondents, in different regions of the country, with differing compositions by generation and country of origin. The number and range of the participants in these Latino focus groups are unique in the social science literature. This study presents the results of a unique data set, the results of fifteen focus groups conducted across the United States with Latino residents, including foreign-born -- both legal and undocumented immigrants and native-born. These data provide more range than allowed by the typical interview-based project and not only give key insights into Latino residents' thoughts about community, language, discrimination, ties to their countries of origin, and the like, but also provide some sense of participants' explanations of their reasoning and motivations, something not achievable through structured survey data alone.

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Focus Group 1 Data: Houston, Texas-English - Download All Files (0.594 MB)
DS2:  Focus Group 2 Data: Houston, Texas-Spanish - Download All Files (0.517 MB)
DS3:  Focus Group 3 Data: Los Angeles, California-English - Download All Files (0.497 MB)
DS4:  Focus Group 4 Data: Los Angeles, California-Spanish - Download All Files (0.52 MB)
DS5:  Focus Group 5 Data: Dalton, Georgia-Spanish - Download All Files (0.464 MB)
DS6:  Focus Group 6 Data: New York, New York-English - Download All Files (0.509 MB)
DS7:  Focus Group 7 Data: New York, New York-English - Download All Files (0.508 MB)
DS8:  Focus Group 8 Data: Miami, Florida-Spanish - Download All Files (0.481 MB)
DS9:  Focus Group 9 Data: Miami, Florida-English - Download All Files (0.577 MB)
DS10:  Focus Group 10 Data: Muscatine, Iowa-English - Download All Files (0.476 MB)
DS11:  Focus Group 11 Data: West Liberty, Iowa-Spanish - Download All Files (0.465 MB)
DS12:  Focus Group 12 Data: Washington D.C.-Spanish - Download All Files (0.491 MB)
DS13:  Focus Group 13 Data: Washington D.C.-English - Download All Files (0.579 MB)

Study Description


Fraga, Luis R., John A. Garcia, Rodney Hero, Michael Jones-Correa, Valerie Martinez-Ebers, and Gary M. Segura. Latino National Survey (LNS) Focus Group Data, 2006. ICPSR29601-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2015-08-19. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR29601.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR29601.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • Ford Foundation
  • Russell Sage Foundation
  • National Science Foundation
  • Irvine Foundation
  • Hewlett Foundation
  • Carnegie Corporation
  • Joyce Foundation
  • W. K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Texas A&M University
  • Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • University of Notre Dame. Inter-University Program for Latino Research

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    citizen participation, citizenship, community involvement, congressional elections, cultural diversity, cultural identity, cultural pluralism, cultural traditions, discrimination, education, educational opportunities, ethnic groups, ethnic identity, ethnicity, government performance, government services, Hispanic or Latino Americans, Hispanic or Latino origins, international relations, media use, minorities, political behavior, political ideologies, political participation, political parties, political partisanship, presidential elections, public approval, public opinion, public policy, public schools, race, race relations, state elections

Geographic Coverage:    Arizona, Arkansas, Atlanta, California, Chicago, Colorado, Dallas, Denver, District of Columbia, Florida, Fort Worth, Georgia, Houston, Illinois, Iowa, Los Angeles, Miami, Nevada, New Jersey, New York (state), North Carolina, San Antonio, San Diego, Seattle, Texas, United States, Washington

Time Period:   

  • 2006

Date of Collection:   

  • 2005-11-17--2006-08-04

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    The universe of analysis contains approximately 87.5 percent of the United States Hispanic population. States were first selected based on the overall size of the Latino/Hispanic population. In addition, four states, Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, and North Carolina, were added in an attempt to capture the evolving nature of emerging populations in states without lengthy histories of large Latino populations. Georgia and North Carolina, however, rank 12th and 14th, respectively, in terms of Latino population size and would have been included on that basis alone.

Data Type(s):    observational data

Data Collection Notes:

This study is related to ICPSR study 24502: Latino National Survey (LNS) -- New England, 2006 and ICPSR STUDY 6841: LATINO NATIONAL POLITICAL SURVEY, 1989-1990. While these studies do not constitute a formal series, they are related by topic and principal investigator.

This study has both public use and restricted use versions. The restricted use version contains the FIPS codes which were recoded to a 9-series in the public use file.

For more information on FIPS code please go to the United States Census Bureau American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Codes site.


Sample:    Not applicable.

Weight:    Not applicable.

Mode of Data Collection:    coded on-site observation, face-to-face interview

Response Rates:    Not applicable.

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.


Original ICPSR Release:   2015-08-19


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