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Party Elites in the United States, 1984: Republican and Democratic Party Leaders (ICPSR 8617)

Principal Investigator(s): Jackson, John S. III; Bositis, David; Baer, Denise


This dataset was designed to provide information on the personal and political backgrounds, political attitudes, and relevant behavior of party leaders. The data pertain to Democratic and Republican party elites holding office during the election year of 1984 and include County and State Chairs, members of the Democratic and Republican National Committees, and delegates to the 1984 National Conventions. These data focus on the "representativeness" of the party elites on a variety of dimensions and also permit a comparison of party leaders from the local, state, and national organizational levels. Special emphasis is placed on the presidential election, the presidential nominations system, public policy issues current in the 1984 campaign, and the future of the political parties. In addition, special note was taken of the views of women and minorities and the problem of providing them with representation in the parties. The question of whether their policy views and ideologies differed from other political party elites was also explored. Specific variables include characterization of respondent's political beliefs on the liberal-conservative scale, length of time the respondent had been active in the party, and the respondent's opinions on minorities in the party, party unity, national- and local-level party strength, and party loyalty. Respondents were also queried on attitudes toward important national problems, defense spending, and inflation. In addition, their opinions were elicited on controversial provisions instituted by their parties and on the directions their parties should take in the future. Demographic characteristics are supplied as well.

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Study Description


Jackson, John S. III, David Bositis, and Denise Baer. Party Elites in the United States, 1984: Republican and Democratic Party Leaders. ICPSR08617-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1988. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08617.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08617.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    conservatism, defense spending, delegates, Democratic National Convention, demographic characteristics, inflation, liberalism, local politics, minority affairs, political attitudes, political campaigns, political conventions, political elites, political participation, political parties, political representation, political systems, primaries, racial attitudes, Republican National Convention, state politics

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1984-07--1984-10

Date of Collection:   

  • 1984-07--1984-10

Universe:    All Democratic and Republican County Chairs, all Democratic and Republican State Chairs, all National Convention delegates for both parties, and all members of the Democratic and Republican National Committees in 1984.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Certain variables have been recoded by ICPSR to protect the anonymity of respondents.


Sample:    A systematic random sampling scheme was employed to sample the Democratic and Republican County Chairs and the National Convention delegates for both parties. Questionnaires were mailed to all State Chairs and all members of the Democratic and Republican National Committees and the number of questionnaires returned constituted the sample.

Data Source:

self-enumerated forms


Original ICPSR Release:   1988-03-16


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