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National Black Election Study, 1984 (ICPSR 8938)

Principal Investigator(s): Jackson, James S.; Gurin, Patricia; Hatchett, Shirley J.


This survey deals with the attitudes and political preferences of the Black electorate during the 1984 presidential election and contains information on both pre-election and post-election respondents. Questions regarding party identification, political interest, and preferences and choices for president were asked. In addition, respondents were asked about their feelings concerning Jesse Jackson's campaign for the presidency and the effect his campaign had on the election. Information on race and gender issues, economic matters, quality of life, government spending, political participation, and religion and church politics is also included.

Series: National Black Election Study Series

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Study Description


Jackson, James S., Patricia Gurin, and Shirley J. Hatchett. National Black Election Study, 1984. ICPSR08938-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1989.

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This study was funded by:

  • Ford Foundation (855-0338, 840-0462, GA EO 8515)
  • Rockefeller Foundation (RF 84026)
  • Carnegie Corporation

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    African Americans, economic conditions, gender issues, government spending, Jesse Jackson, minority voters, political affiliation, political attitudes, political interest, political issues, political participation, presidential campaigns, presidential candidates, presidential elections, public opinion, quality of life, racial attitudes, religious beliefs, voter attitudes, voter preferences, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1984-08--1984-12

Date of Collection:   

  • 1984-08--1984-12

Universe:    All Black households in the United States with telephones.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

There is also a processed version of the data available in National Black Election Panel Study, 1984 and 1988 (ICPSR 9954). For reasons of confidentiality, variables 1120-1123 were recoded to nines. The data contain dashes(-).


Sample:    Random digit dialing. More information about the sampling methodology is contained in the article "Telephone Sample Designs for U.S. Black Household Population" by Kathryn M. Inglis, et al. This paper is contained within the study documentation.

Data Source:

personal interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1989-03-03

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