The Gerontologist, Vol 32, Issue 5 592-600, Copyright © 1992 by The Gerontological Society of America
The political behavior of older American blacks
SA Peterson and A Somit
Division of Social Sciences, Alfred University, NY 14802.
Using a subsample of the National Opinion Research Center's 1987 General
Social Survey, this study examined three competing explanations for the
political behavior of older black Americans (n = 157, 55 and older). The
socioeconomic model was a good predictor of political behavior; ethnic
community theory and the empowerment model were, in varying degrees,
predictors of alienation but not of political interest or activity. Some
comparisons were made between older black Americans, younger blacks, and
older and younger whites.