Schuman, Howard; Krysan, Maria
March 1996
International Journal of Public Opinion Research;Spring96, Vol. 8 Issue 1, p10
Academic Journal
Three samples from a major U.S. metropolitan area are used within a quasi-experimental design to study individuals who contributed money to the far right campaign of David Duke to become Governor of Louisiana in 1991 Using mail survey and Census data, contributors are compared both with their near neighbors and with a probability sample of the predominantly white portions of the metropolitan area. The Duke contributors are spread in what appears to be a nearly random way over the white urban and suburban towns and townships, rather than being clustered together or located in a few subculturally distinct places. Those who responded to our questionnaire--a remarkably high 86 percent of the target contributor sample--are also similar demographically to their neighbors and to the white cross-section, except for being older and more often male. In political and social attitudes and values, the Duke contributors are strikingly different from the other two samples in most, though not quite all, respects, but their near neighbors are indistinguishable from the general white population.


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