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National Black Election Panel Study, 1984 and 1988

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Jackson, James S. (University of Michigan. Research Center for Group Dynamics)
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • National Black Election Study Series
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • Carnegie Corporation
  • Ford Foundation
  • Rockefeller Foundation
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; voting behavior; voter preferences
  • Abstract

    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.
  • Methods

    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..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1984
  • Time period: 1988
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 the U.S. Black Household Population," by Kathryn M. Inglis et al., which is provided within the study documentation.
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. Funding insitution(s): Carnegie Corporation (845-0194 and 840-0462 (1984)). Ford Foundation (B5042 (1988)). Rockefeller Foundation.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 9954 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09954.v1
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  • Jackson, James S., Brown, R.E., Dawson, M., Tate, K., Hatchett, S.J.. The 1984-1988 National Black Election Panel Study: A Sourcebook. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan, Institute for Social Research. 1988.
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Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Jackson, James S. (1993): National Black Election Panel Study, 1984 and 1988. Archival Version. National Black Election Study Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.