Political Behavior

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 201–209 | Cite as

Attitudes toward integration among black and white school board members: Public comparisons and etiological factors

  • Clifford J. Wirth


Comparisons of school board members' attitudes toward integration (derived from nationwide surveys of black and white school board members) with public attitudes toward integration indicate that (1) elites (school board members) appeared more liberal than the public for both races; (2) this gap between elites and the public was less distinct for blacks than whites; and (3) black school board members evidenced more liberal attitudes toward integration than white school board members.

Multiple regression analyses for school board members indicated that (1) race and education were the main factors determining board members' attitudes toward racial integration; (2) political participation showed a positive association with liberal attitudes toward integration; and (3) initial method of selection (elected or appointed) apparently bears no relationship to attitudes toward integration.


Regression Analysis Positive Association Multiple Regression Analysis Board Member Etiological Factor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Clifford J. Wirth
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of New HampshireUSA

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