ERIC Number: ED200466
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
The Black Vote: Racial Intolerance or the Politics of Perception.
Scott, Richard R.
Voting behavior of blacks is examined with specific regard to racial intolerance. Factors studied include racial identification, amount of interracial contact, and the black candidate's job performance. In 1969, interviewers collected data on 400 black respondents' attitudes about Carl Stokes (the black incumbent mayoralty candidate), the other white mayoralty candidates, and respondents' knowledge of and participation in local and national politics. Only 20 of the 400 participants indicated that they would not vote for Stokes, although the mayor had not concentrated on civil rights issues as he had in the previous election. Therefore, the degrees of respondents' positiveness were examined. Results indicate that strong racial identification is not related to the participant's image of the black candidate and that interracial contact is related to a more positive image for some voters. In only one group of voters, those characterized by a dissident view of the political system, was a positive image of the black candidate related to low interracial contact. Further, participants' image of Stokes was related to their satisfaction with his previous term. The conclusion is that black support of a black candidate is not based on racial intolerance. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association (Washington, DC, March, 1980). Not available from EDRS in paper copy due to fading ink throughout original document.