Should ethnic congressmen represent ethnic groups
Variable: congeth
Module:
Multiculturalism
Subject:
Ethnicity
,
Federal Government
,
Political
,
Race
Survey Questions
Questions associated with this variable:

Some people say that it is only fair that in a society like ours, people holding public office should have roughly the same racial or ethnic background as the population as a whole. So, for example, if 30% of the people were Hispanic, then 30% of the public officials should be Hispanic as well. Others say that in choosing people for public office they should be considered purely on the basis of ability without regard to their ethnic or racial background. Let me ask you about these ideas in several different areas.
A. What about people in Congress? Should they have the same racial or ethnic background as their constituents, or should they be considered purely on the basis of their ability without regard to their racial or ethnic background?

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Summary by Year
Showing All Years
Code Label
1 Consider ethnic background
2 Ability, not background
8 Don't know
9 No answer
0 Not applicable
1994
131
1279
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11
1518
Summary Statistics
Valid cases 1410
Missing cases 61056