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Negro Political Participation Study, 1961-1962 (ICPSR 7255)

Published: Aug 15, 2006

Principal Investigator(s):
Donald Matthews; James Prothro

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This study was designed to investigate patterns of political participation among adult Blacks in the South. All interviews were taken in the former confederate states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. Along with a Black adults sample (Part 2), a sample of White adults (Part 3) was included as a control group for comparison and a sample of Black students (Part 1) was interviewed with an aim to projecting trends in participation patterns. Variables ascertained voting behavior, political discussion, degree of political organizational activity, participation in demonstrations, and communication with public officials as modes of political participation. Respondents' views on Black leadership, effectiveness of Black organizations, attitudes of White leaders and officials, the effect of electoral laws on Black participation, perceptions of the major parties, party identification, and feelings on race relations were also assessed. The questions asked of both adult samples are identical, and the data may be used for comparative purposes. Demographic data include age, sex, level of education, primary and secondary occupations, religious preference, and family income.

Matthews, Donald, and Prothro, James. Negro Political Participation Study, 1961-1962. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-08-15.

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1961 -- 1962

The Variable.Count of 458 was incorrect in the previous metadata record. The correct Variable.Count is 538.

Part 1: Representative cross-section sample of Black college students. Parts 2 and 3: Stratified, multistage, probability samples of Black and White adults.

Black and White adult populations and Black college students from the 11 states of the former Confederacy.

personal interviews

survey data



2006-08-15 This study has been updated from OSIRIS and now includes SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files, a SAS transport (XPORT) file, a SPSS portable file, and a Stata system file.

2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 4 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 5 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

1984-03-18 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:

  • 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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