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ERIC Number: ED115429
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Aug
Pages: 96
Abstractor: N/A
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A Measurement of Political Attitudes in Mexican American Civic Organizations.
Rodriguez, Roy Conrado
During the spring of 1971, the political attitudes of middle-class Mexican Americans in the El Paso (Texas) area were surveyed. An 86-item questionnaire was administered to 187 people in six area Councils of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), four posts of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), and one area Council of the Knights of Columbus (KC). Administered during a regular business meeting, the questionnaires consisted of questions intended to: (1) provide demographic data about the individual respondents; (2) survey the respondents' attitudes toward democratic norms, political chauvinism, the political process, resistance to social change, political alienation, efficacy and cynicism, freedom of speech and religion, liberal-conservative tendencies, and anomie; and (3) measure the respondents civic competence, political participation, and involvement. In every survey session, the interviewer was of the same ethnic and regional background as the totality of the organizational membership. Some findings were: (1) respondents revealed a high resistance to social change; (2) the sense of civic competence was considerably higher at the local level than in relation to state or national government; and (3) half of the LULAC group indicated strong anomic feelings, while a large percentage of both other groups were unsure of their social roles. (NQ)
Inter-Library Loan, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas 79999
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Identifiers - Location: Texas (El Paso)