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AEI Special Report: Convention Delegates

AEI Special Report: Convention Delegates

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Who are the convention delegates and how have they changed over time? A new AEI Special Report looks at the make-up of the delegates to both conventions starting in 1968. Read more to see how the number of union members, women, blacks, young people, lawyers, Protestants, Catholics, and Jews and other groups at the conventions have changed over time.
Who are the convention delegates and how have they changed over time? A new AEI Special Report looks at the make-up of the delegates to both conventions starting in 1968. Read more to see how the number of union members, women, blacks, young people, lawyers, Protestants, Catholics, and Jews and other groups at the conventions have changed over time.

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AEI Special ReportDelegates at National Conventions: 1968 – 2008
Karlyn Bowman and Andrew Rugg
Characteristics of Democratic and Republican National Convention Delegates
 
Women Blacks Under age thirty Median age (years)Dem. Rep. Dem. Rep. Dem. Rep. Dem. Rep.1968 13% 16% 5% 2% 3% 4% 49yrs 49yrs1972 40 29 15 4 22 8 42 -1976 33 31 11 3 15 7 43 481980 49 29 15 3 11 5 44 491984 50 44* 18 4* 8 4* 44* 51*1988 52 37 21 3 4 4 46 511992 48 43 16 5 4 - - -1996 53 36 17 3 6 2 49 522000 48 35 19 4 4 3 51 532004 50 43 18 6 7 4 - 542008 49 32 23 2 7 3 54 54
In 1968, CBS News began polling the delegates to the national party conventions. Underthe direction of the late Warren Mitofsky and Martin Plissner, CBS surveyed the delegatesabout their sex, age, profession, and other demographic variables and their attitudes onissues. In 1980, the AEI magazine
Public Opinion
brought the delegate data together inone place for the first time and Mitofsky and Plissner discussed how the delegates hadchanged. “For most of the 150 year history of presidential conventions, national partiespaid little attention to who are what the delegates were or how they got there. . . [S]tateparties usually sent delegates populated by their principal party and public offices, theirmost generous contributors, and lesser servants whose turn for reward had come.”Presidential candidates, they said, might influence the choices of delegates but the “normalpractice” was not to challenge party leadership. The 1968 convention was the lastconvention of the old order, after which party leaders determined to make the delegatesmore representative of their party’s rank and file (while presidential candidates tried tomake sure that their delegate slates in primary and caucus states would stay loyal tothem). Below we update CBS’s work once again with profiles of the delegates over a 40-year period.
 
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Lawyers Teachers Union official Union memberDem. Rep. Dem. Rep. Dem. Rep. Dem. Rep.1968 28% 22% 8% 2% 4% 0% - -1972 12 - 11 - 5 - 16% -1976 16 15 12 4 6 0 21 3%1980 13 15 15 4 5 0 27 41984 17^ 14^ 16+ 6+ 6 -^ 25+ 4+1988 16 17 14 5 6 0 23 41992 14 - - - 6 - 26 -1996 10 11 9 2 5 - 35 42000 9 9 7 2 - - 31 42004 13 - 13 - - - 25 32008 17 16 8 - - - 24 5Attending first convention College graduate PostgraduateDem. Rep. Dem. Rep. Dem. Rep.1968 67% 66% 19% - 44% 34%1972 83 78 21 - 36 -1976 80 78 21 27% 43 381980 87 84 20 26 45 391984 71 69^ 20 28* 51 35*1988 62 59 21 26 52 421992 45 - 20 - 52 -1996 61 55 23 34 45 392000 51 54 25 31 49 462004 57 55 24 29 53 442008 57 58 26 31 55 50Protestant Catholic JewishDem. Rep. Dem. Rep. Dem. Rep.1968 - - - - - -1972 42% - 26% - 9% -1976 47 73% 34 18% 9 3%1980 47 72 37 22 8 31984 53 71* 32 22* 9 2*1988 51 70 30 24 6 21992 47 - 30 - 10 -1996 47 62 30 25 6 32000 47 63 30 27 8 22004 43 65 32 26 8 22008 43 57 26 30 9 3Liberal Moderate ConservativeDem. Rep. Dem. Rep. Dem. Rep.1968 - - - - - -1972 - - - - - -1976 40% 3% 47% 45% 8% 48%1980 46 2 42 36 6 581984 50* 1* 42* 35* 5* 60*1988 39 1 50 36 5 601992 48 1 44 32 5 63
 
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1996 43 0 48 27 5 702000 36 1 56 34 5 632004 41 1 52 33 3 632008 43 0 50 26 3 72
Issue Attitudes by National Convention Delegates, Partisans, and RegisteredVoters
Abortion
Q: What is your personal feeling about abortion: 1. It should be permitted in all cases; 2. It should be permitted, but subject to greater restrictions than it is now; 3. It should be permitted only in cases such asrape, incest and to save the woman’s life; or 4. It should only be permitted to save the woman’s life?
All With greater Rape/incest/ Only to Notcases restrictions save life save life permitted (vol.)1996 Dem. del. 61% 15% 13% 3% -Democrats 30 11 41 13 2%Reg. Voters 27 14 39 14 3Republicans 21 16 39 18 4Rep. del. 11 12 38 27 42000 Dem. del. 62 13 13 2 -Democrats 34 17 32 12 2Reg. Voters 26 15 37 15 -Republicans 16 15 41 21 4Rep. del. 10 14 40 23 32004 Dem. del. 64 14 10 2 1Democrats 37 16 31 12 2Reg. Voters 26 16 33 17 5Republicans 13 12 37 25 10Rep. del. 8 13 41 23 62008 Dem. del. 58 18 10 2 -Democrats 33 20 32 11 2Reg. Voters 26 17 32 18 4Republicans 13 17 34 27 6Rep. del. 5 13 36 31 6The next section of this report draws on the CBS delegate surveys and on CBS/ 
 New York Times
 polls. Delegates to the conventions are by virtue of their activism in politics the most “pure” in termsof their views on issues, and they differ often substantially from members of their own parties andfrom registered voters.

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