Southern Grassroots Party Activists Project, 2001 (ICPSR 4266)

Published: Mar 17, 2006

Principal Investigator(s):
John A. Clark, Western Michigan University; Charles Prysby, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

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Similar to SOUTHERN GRASSROOTS PARTY ACTIVISTS PROJECT, 1991-1992 (ICPSR 6307), this 2001 data collection is a study of politics at the grassroots level. The immediate goal of the project was to describe the condition of contemporary grassroots party activism and organization in 11 Southern states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. Political party activists from both the Democratic and Republican parties were surveyed in each of the 11 states, with data focusing on a range of characteristics of the party activists, including their party position, recruitment to party activism, incentives for involvement in party politics, campaign activities, communication with others in the party organization, attitudes toward involvement, perceptions of parties, issue orientations, and demographic and social attributes.

Clark, John A., and Prysby, Charles. Southern Grassroots Party Activists Project, 2001. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-03-17.

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National Science Foundation (SES-9986501, SES-9986523)

To preserve respondent confidentiality, this data collection includes a public-use data file and a restricted-use data file. For the public-use data file, codes for variables V4 (county) and var901 through var914 (the contextual variables) have been replaced with blank codes. The restricted-use data file includes all codes, but is restricted from general dissemination. Users interested in obtaining these data must complete an Agreement for the Use of Confidential Data, specify the reasons for the request, and obtain IRB approval or notice of exemption for their research. Apply for access to these data through the ICPSR Restricted Data Contract Portal, which can be accessed via the study home page.


2001 (The data were collected in 2001, but some of the questions asked about behavior or activities for earlier years.)

The SOUTHERN GRASSROOTS PARTY ACTIVISTS PROJECT, 2001 aimed at surveying county-level political party activists from both the Democratic and Republican parties in each of the 11 Southern states. The target population varied somewhat from state to state and even between parties in the same state, due to differences in party organization and differences in the availability of names. In every case, the intent was to interview county chairs and other members of the county executive committee. The sampling plan for each state and party, the number of individuals initially selected, the number of valid addresses, and the number of returned questionnaires for each state are all provided in the "Sampling Plan" section of the codebook.

County-level political party activists from both the Democratic and Republican parties in each of the 11 Southern states.

survey data, and contextual data

self-enumerated questionnaire

There was a 51.4 percent overall response rate.



Weights are included in the dataset. Details are provided in the "Description of the Weight Factor" section of the codebook.


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