Convention Delegate Study, 1988: [United States] (ICPSR 6366)

Published: Oct 12, 1995

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


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These data represent the fourth in a series of data collection efforts 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, life histories, political goals and expectations, and affiliations with various groups in society. The dataset also documents delegates' attitudes toward political actors such as Jimmy Carter, Ted Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Walter Mondale, Jesse Jackson, Michael Dukakis, Al Gore, Bob Dole, and Jack Kemp, among many others. Attitudes toward the women's movement, the moral majority, gay rights groups, abortion, environmentalists, business interests, defense, and minorities are among the issues also investigated.

Miller, Warren E., and Jennings, M. Kent. Convention Delegate Study, 1988: [United States]. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1995-10-12.

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To preserve respondent confidentiality, certain identifying variables have been restricted from general dissemination. Aggregations of this information for statistical purposes that preserve the anonymity of individual respondents can be obtained from ICPSR in accordance with existing servicing policies.


Delegates to the 1988 Republican and Democratic National Conventions and respondents to CONVENTION DELEGATE STUDY, 1980: [UNITED STATES] (ICPSR 8367) and CONVENTION DELEGATE STUDY, 1984: [UNITED STATES] (ICPSR 8967).

mail questionnaires

survey data



1995-10-12 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.
  • Standardized missing values.
  • Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


  • Data in this collection are available only to users at ICPSR member institutions.

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