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Party Elites in the United States, 1980: Republican and Democratic Party Leaders

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Jackson, John S. III
  • Brown, Barbara Leavitt
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • National Science Foundation
Free Keywords
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
  • Abstract

    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 1980 and include County and State Chairs, members of the Democratic and Republican National Committees, and delegates to the 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. Other issues explored include the party reform era, the effects of the growing body of party law, and the nationalization of the political parties. 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 in their parties' charters and on the directions their parties should take in the future. Demographic characteristics are supplied as well.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1980
  • 1980-07 / 1980-09
    Collection date: 1980-07--1980-09
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled 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 1980.
A systematic random sampling scheme was employed to sample the Democratic and Republican County Chairs and the National Convention delegates for both parties. Lists for these groups provided by the national parties or assembled from state election authorities were entered randomly and then a one in three skip interval was used. 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.
Collection Mode
  • Certain variables have been recoded by ICPSR to protect the anonymity of respondents.

Funding insitution(s): National Science Foundation (SES-8007175).
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 8209 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Crotty, William, Jackson, John S., III. Presidential Primaries and Nominations. Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly Press. 1985.
  • Jackson, John S., III. The 1980 Democratic primary in Illinois. The Presidential Election and Transition: 1980-1981.Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press. 1983.
  • Jackson, John S., III, Bositis, David, Brown, Barbara Leavitt. Herbert McClosky and friends revisited: 1980 Democratic and Republican party elites comparaed to the mass public. American Politics Quarterly.10, (2), 158-180.1982.
    • ID: 10.1177/004478082010002002 (DOI)

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

Jackson, John S. III; Brown, Barbara Leavitt (1988): Party Elites in the United States, 1980: Republican and Democratic Party Leaders. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.