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Party Elites in the United States, 1976: Democratic National Convention Delegates

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Jackson, John S. III
  • Hitlin, Robert A.
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
conservatism; delegates; Democratic National Convention; demographic characteristics; liberalism; minority affairs; political attitudes; political campaigns; political conventions; political elites; political participation; political parties; political systems; primaries; racial attitudes
  • Abstract

    This data collection was designed to provide information on the personal and political backgrounds, political attitudes, and relevant behavior of party leaders. Data are presented on delegates to the 1976 Democratic National Convention. Questions focus on the "representativeness" of the party elites who were selected to go to the National Convention and also probe for the leaders' views on a number of important issues related to the "reform" era in the political party and for their opinions on what a national party is and should be. The representation of minorities and females in the process received particular attention as did a comparison of the views of the party professionals. Specific variables include characterization of the respondent's political beliefs on the liberal-conservative scale, length of time the respondent had been active in the Democratic party, and the respondent's positions on party unity, party loyalty, the Campaign Finance Law, the primary system, and directions the party might take in the future. In addition, data are provided on the respondent's views toward certain provisions of the party's Charter. Demographic characteristics are supplied as well.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1976
  • 1976-07 / 1976-09
    Collection date: 1976-07--1976-09
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
All 985 official delegates to the 1976 Democratic National Convention.
A systematic random sampling design was employed. Official lists of the delegates from all 50 states were provided by the Democratic National Committee. Lists were entered at a random starting point and every third name selected.
Collection Mode
  • Certain variables have been recoded to protect the anonymity of respondents.

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Alternative Identifiers
  • 8207 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08207.v1
  • Jackson, John S., III, Hitlin, Robert A.. The nationalization of the Democratic party. Western Political Quarterly.34, (2), 270-276.1981.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Nakamura, Robert T.. Beyond purism and professionalism: Styles of convention delegate followership. American Journal of Political Science.24, (2), 207-232.1980.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Jackson, John S., III, Brown, Barbara Leavitt, Brown, Jesse C.. Recruitment, representation, and political values: The 1976 Democratic National Convention delegates. American Politics Quarterly.6, (2), 187-212.1978.
    • ID: 10.1177/1532673X7800600205 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Jackson, John S. III; Hitlin, Robert A. (1988): Party Elites in the United States, 1976: Democratic National Convention Delegates. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.