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National Black Election Panel Study, 1984 and 1988 (ICPSR 9954)

Principal Investigator(s): Jackson, James S., University of Michigan. Research Center for Group Dynamics


This survey focuses on the attitudes and political preferences of the Black electorate during the 1984 and 1988 presidential elections. 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 campaigns for the presidency in 1984 and 1988 and the effect his campaigns had on the elections. Information on race and gender issues, economic matters, quality of life, government spending, political participation, and religion and church politics is also included. Demographic information on respondents includes sex, age, education, marital status, income, and occupation and industry.

Series: National Black Election Study Series

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Study Description


Jackson, James S. National Black Election Panel Study, 1984 and 1988. ICPSR09954-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1997.

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This study was funded by:

  • Carnegie Corporation (845-0194 and 840-0462 (1984))
  • Ford Foundation (B5042 (1988))
  • Rockefeller Foundation

Scope of Study


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

Data Source:

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:

  • Standardized missing values.
  • Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1993-10-11

Version History:

  • 2002-06-19 The codebook has been revised to correct errors. The text for variables 3236-3261 and variables 4048-4101 had been shifted.
  • 1998-01-12 The codebook has been converted to a PDF file, and minor changes were made to the SAS and SPSS data definition statements.

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