Major Party Activist
J. Stone, University of California, Davis
B. Rapoport, College of William and Mary
Funded by grants from the National Science
Foundation, these studies have involved extensive surveys of major party
activists in every presidential election from 1980 through 1996.
The questions motivating the study relate to participation and candidate
choice in presidential nomination campaigns, and the impact of participation
in the nomination phase on involvement in the general election stage.
The surveys of caucus attenders and convention delegates in the Democratic
and Republican Parties include items on campaign activity, issue opinion,
perceptions of the candidates and parties, participation in interest groups,
and demographics. In most years, we have cross-section surveys of
party activists, and all years are linked by various panels which span
from four to sixteen years.
Note: The codebooks
can be viewed with the browser and contain frequency distributions for
all variables contained in the dataset.
Note: The data are in
SPSS format. The files are compressed using WinZip on the PC.
The data and codebooks
are also available through the Inter-university
Consortium for Political and Social Research as ICPSR Study #6143.