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Convention Delegate Study of 1972: Women in Politics (ICPSR 7287)

Principal Investigator(s): Miller, Warren E.; Douvan, Elizabeth; Crotty, William; Kirkpatrick, Jeane


This study consists of two analytically distinct parts. The first 351 variables contain information from 2,587 delegates to the Republican and Democratic national nominating conventions of 1972 who responded to a pre-convention mail questionnaire (response rate of 58 percent). Data for the next 381 variables were gathered in post-convention personal interviews with 1,336 respondents selected as a representative sample of delegates. Either segment of the data may be analyzed independently, or the appropriate subset of merged data may be selected. The study focused on the changing role of women in politics, utilizing the nominating conventions as a means of defining and identifying an elite segment of the population and women in politics at one point in time. The mail questionnaire provided information on the nature and composition of each of the national conventions in terms of the delegates' personal life histories, political expectations and aspirations, and attitudes towards candidates, issues, and groups in society and at the conventions. The personal interview built on the pre-convention instrument and examined in depth the candidate selection process, the convention proceedings, and the psychological factors involved in women's political activity. Demographic data include age, sex, race, place of birth, marital status, number of children, ethnicity, education, parents' and spouse's levels of education, occupation, and family income.

Series: Convention Delegate Study Series

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Study Description


Miller, Warren E., Elizabeth Douvan, William Crotty, and Jeane Kirkpatrick. Convention Delegate Study of 1972: Women in Politics. ICPSR07287-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1976. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07287.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07287.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • Russell Sage Foundation
  • Twentieth Century Fund

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    biographical data, career expectations, Democratic National Convention, Democratic Party (USA), gender roles, life history, party delegates, party nominations, political affiliation, political attitudes, political conventions, political elites, political issues, political participation, presidential elections, Republican National Convention, Republican Party (USA), social attitudes, women

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1972

Date of Collection:   

  • 1972

Universe:    All official delegates to the Republican and Democratic Conventions of 1972.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    Representative sample.

Data Source:

mailback questionnaires and personal interviews

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:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-05-08

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