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National Black Election Study, 1984

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Jackson, James S.
  • Gurin, Patricia
  • Hatchett, Shirley J.
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • National Black Election Study Series
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • Ford Foundation
  • Rockefeller Foundation
  • Carnegie Corporation
Free Keywords
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
  • Abstract

    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.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Dataset
    • DS2: Variable Locations
Temporal Coverage
  • 1984-08 / 1984-12
    Time period: 1984-08--1984-12
  • 1984-08 / 1984-12
    Collection date: 1984-08--1984-12
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
All Black households in the United States with telephones.
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.
Collection Mode
  • 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(-).

This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 8938 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08938.v1
  • Chatters, Linda M., Taylor, Robert Joseph, Lincoln, Karen D.. African American religious participation: A multi-sample comparison. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.38, (1), 132-145.1999.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Herring, Mary, Jankowski, Thomas B., Brown, Ronald E.. Pro-black doesn't mean anti-white: The structure of African-American group identity. Journal of Politics.61, (2), 363-386.1999.
  • Taylor, Robert Joseph, Mattis, Jacqueline, Chatters, Linda M.. Subjective religiosity among African Americans: A synthesis of findings from five national samples. Journal of Black Psychology.25, (4), 524-543.1999.
    • ID: 10.1177/0095798499025004004 (DOI)
  • Thornton, Michael C., Mizuno, Yuko. Economic well-being and Black adult feelings toward immigrants and Whites, 1984. Journal of Black Studies.30, (1), 15-44.1999.
    • ID: 10.1177/002193479903000102 (DOI)
  • Davis, D.W.. The direction of race of interviewer effects among African-Americans: Donning the black mask. American Journal of Political Science.41, (1), 309-322.1997.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Davis, Darren W.. Nonrandom measurement error and race of interviewer effects among African Americans. Public Opinion Quarterly.61, (1), 183-207.1997.
    • ID: 10.1086/297792 (DOI)
  • Wilcox, Clyde. Racial and Gender Consciousness Among African-American Women: Sources and Consequences. Women and Politics.17, (1), 73-94.1997.
    • ID: 10.1300/J014v17n01_04 (DOI)
  • Calhoun-Brown, Allison. African American churches and political mobilization: The psychological impact of organizational resources. Journal of Politics.58, (4), 935-953.1996.
  • McMiller, Darryl Lynn. The Effects of Economic Needs and Circumstances on the Political Behavior and Attitudes of Black Americans. Dissertation, Ohio State University. 1995.
  • Reese, Laura A., Brown, ronald E.. The effects of religious messages on racial identity and system blame among African Americans. Journal of Politics.57, (1), 243-435.1995.
  • Brown, Ronald E., Wolford, Monica L.. Religious resources and African-American political action. National Political Science Review.4, 30-48.1993.
  • Welch, Susan, Foster, Lorn S.. The Impact of Economic Conditions on the Voting Behavior of Blacks. Western Political Quarterly.45, (1), 221-236.1992.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Robinson, Deborah Marie. The Effect of Multiple Group Identity Among Black Women on Race Consciousness. Dissertation, University of Michigan. 1987.

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

Jackson, James S.; Gurin, Patricia; Hatchett, Shirley J. (1989): National Black Election Study, 1984. Archival Version. National Black Election Study Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.