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County Chairmen Study, 1965 (ICPSR 7200)

Principal Investigator(s): Survey Research Center


This study of Republican and Democratic county chairmen was originally intended as a supplement to the AMERICAN NATIONAL ELECTION STUDY, 1964 (ICPSR 7235), enabling researchers to test relationships between campaign activities in certain counties and reported political attitudes and behavior of cross-section respondents living in those counties. These data can be merged with the AMERICAN NATIONAL ELECTION STUDY, 1964, as the county codes used in the two studies are identical. This study dealt with county-level campaigns before the 1964 election. Much of the data consist of rankings by county party chairmen of the importance of various campaign activities carried out in their counties in 1964 and evaluations of their effectiveness, with special emphasis on fundraising methods. In addition, the county chairmen were questioned about their perceptions of the other major party's operations in the county. Other data include estimates of the percentage of contributions of different sizes each party received, the structure and extent of county political organization, a total assessment of all activities, and responses given to open-ended questions on the campaign in general, again with emphasis on financial and solicitation problems, organization, and techniques.

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Study Description


Survey Research Center. COUNTY CHAIRMEN STUDY, 1965. Conducted by University of Michigan, Survey Research Center. ICPSR ed. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [producer and distributor], 1975. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07200.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07200.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    campaign contributions, counties, elections, fundraising, national elections, organizational behavior, political attitudes, political campaigns, political elites, political parties, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1965

Date of Collection:   

  • 1965

Universe:    Republican and Democratic county chairmen from all standard Survey Research Center primary sampling units, except two Southern counties.

Data Type(s):    survey data + SAS data definition statements + SPSS data definition statements

Data Collection Notes:

1) The questionnaire was designed by the Citizen's Research Foundation of Princeton, New Jersey, in consultation with the University of Michigan's Survey Research Center. 2) The codebook is 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 Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.


Data Source:

mailback questionnaires


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-05-04



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