STATE LEGISLATIVE CANDIDATE SURVEY, 2001
Before announcing your candidacy for the 2001 election, who were some people you
For each of the groups listed below, indicate if they were not important,
slightly important, moderately important, very important, or extremely important
to your decision to run for office.
a. Support from family and friends
b. Support from your political party
c. Support from interest groups
d. Support from key voting groups in the district
e. Support from financial contributors
f. Decisions by others to get in or stay out of the race
Did the possibility of interest group spending on independent or issue
advertising pay a role in your decision to seek office in 2001?
If Yes, Could you please explain the role it played?
Did the configuration and makeup of the district following the redistricting
play a role in your decision to run for office in 2001?
If Yes, Could you please explain the role it played?
E. Is there anything
or things you wished you could have spent MORE time on during the general
F. Is there anything
or things you wished you could have spent LESS time on during the general
If Yes, what?
G. Overall, what do
you believe is the most important factor that DETERS candidates from running for
the legislature in your state?
H. Returning to your
campaign, what role did your ability to raise campaign funds affect your
decision to seek office in 2001?
In your opinion, did you have sufficient funding to conduct your campaign?
If No, Could you please describe how this affected your campaign?
No, How much more would you have needed?
J. If you believe the campaign finance system in your state has problems, could you tell me the ones that are most troubling?
We would like to begin by asking you some questions about your most recent race for the legislature
and the events leading up to your decision to run. 1a. When did you personally make the decision to become a candidate for the state legislature in 2001? Mark one. Within 2 months before nominations were decided 3-5 months before nominations were decided 6-12 months before nominations were decided More than a year before nominations were decided 1b. When did you publicly declare your candidacy for the state legislature in 2001? Mark one. Within 2 months before the filing deadline 3-5 months before the filing deadline 6-12 months before the filing deadline More than a year before the filing deadline 1c. Before you announced your candidacy, did you discuss the matter with any of the following people or groups?
Please mark all those with whom you discussed your possible candidacy. Family Co-Workers/Business partners Friends and acquaintances in a service organization (Rotary, League of Women Voters, etc.) Please specify _______________________________ Friends and acquaintances from church Friends and acquaintances in my neighborhood Members of an association or organization other than a service organization (Associated General Contractors, etc.) Please specify _______________________ Officials in the local party Officials in the state party Local elected officials Leaders in the state legislature Other (Please specify) _________________________________________ 1d. Before you announced your candidacy, were you approached and encouraged to run for office by any of the following?
Please check all those who approached you about your possible candidacy. Family Co-Workers/Business partners Friends and acquaintances in a service organization (Rotary, League of Women Voters, etc.) Please specify _______________________________ Friends and acquaintances from church Friends and acquaintances in my neighborhood Members of an association or organization other than a service organization (Associated General Contractors, etc.) Please specify _______________________ Officials in the local party Officials in the state party Local elected officials Leaders in the state legislature Other (Please specify) _________________________________________ 1e. Which of the following statements most accurately describes your decision to run for legislative office? Mark one. It was entirely my idea to run. I had already thought of running when someone else encouraged me to run. I had not seriously thought about running until someone else suggested it. Next we want to ask you a few questions about the financial aspects of your campaign. 2a. For each of the fundraising techniques listed below, indicate if it was used by your campaign.
If it was used, indicate its level of usefulness in raising money. Telephone calls or letters to: Individuals you knew personally Individuals you did not know personally Issue groups or their PACs Businesses or their PACs Labor unions or their PACs Fundraising events: For invited guests For the general public Fundraising through the internet Other (Please specify) 2b. Of the following list of fundraising activities, which did your political party provide or arrange to assist you with?
For each, we would like to know whether they provided this assistance
only in the primary election, only in the general election, in both, or in neither. Lists of potential donors from the political party Lists of potential donors from labor or business interests in the district Lists of potential donors from interest groups in the district
Lists of potential donors from outside the district
Provided opportunities for you to meet interest groups/PAC leaders Provided money raised by the party
Assisted in organizing fundraising events 2c. How much time in the months preceding the primary election did you spend on the following activities? Devising campaign strategy Recruiting campaign workers and volunteers Raising campaign funds Meeting with party leaders Giving interviews Meeting with interest groups Meeting with service organizations 2d. How much time between the primary and the general election did you spend on the following activities? Devising campaign strategy Recruiting campaign workers and volunteers Raising campaign funds Meeting with party leaders Giving interviews Meeting with interest groups Meeting with service organizations We now want to ask you some questions about your campaign organization and activities in 2001. 3a. Did you have a campaign manager, coordinator, or director? No (if "No", skip to 3b). Yes IF "YES", was this person Part-time, volunteer Part-time, paid Full-Time, volunteer Full-time, paid 3b. Did you hire a professional campaign consultant? No (if "No," skip to 3c) Yes: _________ (How many?) IF "YES", please mark any and all of the services from the following list that the consultant(s) provided: Polling Fieldwork and get-out-the-vote Research Campaign management Media Buys Other (specify) __________________ Strategy Other (specify)__________________ Message Development Other (specify)__________________ Fundraising Other (specify)__________________ 3c. Was there any independent spending or issue advertising by interest groups directed
toward you or your opponent(s) in the 2001 election? No (if "No", skip to 3d) Yes…..IF "YES", was this spending (mark all that apply): In support of your campaign Against your campaign In support of your opponent's campaign Against your opponent's campaign 3d. Which of the activities from the following list did you use in your 2001 campaign? Mark all that apply. Polling Newspaper advertising Campaign mail Radio advertising Telephone banks Television advertising (broadcast) Voter registration drives Television advertising (cable) Billboards Get-out-the-vote activities Yard signs 3e. How did the length of the campaign season, from the start of your primary campaign through the
general election affect the following aspects of your campaign? For each area, indicate whether it helped, hurt or made no difference. Ability to obtain voter interest in your campaign
Ability to raise money
Ability to attract and retain campaign workers
News media interest in your campaign
Campaign momentum We now want to ask you some general questions about the financing of elections. 4a. How much do you think the money you spent in the campaign helped in the following areas? For each item on this list, do you think your campaign spending
helped a great deal, helped some, or made little to no difference. Name recognition among voters Voter awareness of your issue positions Voter awareness of your opponents' issue positions Turnout of supporters on election day Coverage of campaign by mass media Fundraising efforts Your ability to determine the views of voters 4b. Generally speaking, how important do you believe campaign spending is to other factors in
affecting the outcome of state legislative elections? For each item on the following list, indicate if you think campaign spending is
just as important, less important, or more important than the item. Candidate image and personality Issue positions of candidates Endorsements Partisanship of voters in the district Campaign organization effort Support of key party leaders Incumbent advantages Coverage in the local news 4c. Do you believe that certain types of state legislative candidates are advantaged or disadvantaged under the
current campaign finance laws in your state? Incumbents Challengers to incumbents Democrats Republicans Independent or Third Party candidates African-American candidates Hispanic-American candidates Women candidates Wealthy candidates Candidates with low family incomes Other:_______________________ Other:_______________________ 4d. Which of the following statements bests describes your views on the campaign finance system
presently used in your state? Mark only one.
It is broken and needs to be replaced by a completely new system. It has problems and needs to be repaired. It is basically sound the way it is and should not be changed. 4e. Which of the following statements best describes your views on the use of public funding for political campaigns?
Mark only one.
I do not favor the use of public funding for campaigns. I favor partial public funding for campaigns, but would allow some private contributions. I favor total public funding for campaigns, and a ban on private contributions. 4f. Generally, how difficult was it to comply with your state's regulations on fundraising and reporting? Mark only one. Extremely difficult Somewhat difficult Not difficult at all Next we want to ask you a few questions about your background in politics. 5a. How active have you been in your party's campaigns for each of the following offices during the past five years?
Have you been not active, active, or very active? Federal office Statewide office State legislature Local races Others:_________________ Others:_________________ Others:_________________ 5b. Have you held any of the following party positions for the state legislature before? Mark all that apply. Member of a local party committee Member of a state or national party committee Delegate to state or national party convention 5c. Before the 2001 election, had you ever run for the state legislature within the past five years? Mark only one. . No Yes-primary only Yes-general election 5d.Have you EVER held an APPOINTED office? No Yes, If YES, what types of office did you hold? Mark all that apply. Local/County Judgeship Statewide office Political party office 5e. Have you EVER held an ELECTIVE office? No Yes, If YES, what types of office did you hold? Mark all that aply. Local/County Judgeship Statewide Office Political Party Office 5f. Have you ever worked as a staff member in a legislator's office? No Yes. If YES, Was this state legislative, congressional, or both? state legislative staff congressional staff both 5f. Prior to the election, how would you rate yourself on the following - high, fair, or low?
Name recognition in the district Ability to run a campaign Public speaking abilities Support from your party in the district Support from your state party Local fund-raising ability PAC fund-raising ability Ability to fund own campaign We would like to finish the questionnaire by asking you some background information.
Please remember this information will be confidential. 6a. How long have you lived in the community that is now your home? 2 years or less 3-5 years 6-10 years More than 10 years 6b. What is your gender? Male Female 6c. In what year were you born? 19___ 6d. How would you describe your race or ethnicity? Mark only one. Asian American Pacific Islander Black/African American White/Caucasian Hispanic American Other:__________ 6e. What is your highest level of education? Mark only one. Some high school High school graduate College graduate Some graduate school Graduate degree 6f. What is your religious preference? Mark only one. Catholic Other: ______________ Protestant No Religious Preference Jewish 6g. What is your current marital status? Mark only one. Never married Married Divorced/separated Widow/widower 6h. Do you have any children living at home? No Yes, if "YES", How many?______ 6i. Are you the primary caregiver for an adult in your home? No Yes 6j. What is your present occupation? ___________________________________ 6k. Approximately, how far away from the state capital is your residence? Within 30 miles 30-60 miles 61-120 miles Over 120 miles 6l. What was your approximate family income last year-before taxes? Under $30,000 $30,000-$49,999 $50,000-$69,000 $70,000-$89,000 $90,000-$119,000 Over $120,000 6m. In general, how would you describe your political ideology? Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal Very liberal Other:__________