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General Social Survey, 1977 (ICPSR 7573)

Principal Investigator(s): National Opinion Research Center


The 1977 study is a continuation of the National Data Program for the Social Sciences. Most of the questions have appeared in previous national surveys between 1945 and 1976. The content areas covered in this survey concern the family, socio-economic status, social mobility, social control, race relations, attitudes towards sex and sexual materials, and morals. The respondent's party identification and voting behavior are also included. The data were collected by the National Opinion Research Center as part of a series of general social surveys beginning in 1972. The survey was administered in March and April of 1977 to a national cross-section sample of adults 18 years of age and older. The data were obtained from the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research.

Series: General Social Survey Series

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Study Description


National Opinion Research Center. GENERAL SOCIAL SURVEY, 1977. Conducted by University of Chicago, National Opinion Research Center. ICPSR ed. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [producer and distributor], 1978. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07573.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07573.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    civil rights, families, life cycle, morale, morality, political affiliation, race relations, racial attitudes, sexual attitudes, sexual behavior, social attitudes, social control, social indicators, social issues, social mobility, socioeconomic status, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Date of Collection:   

  • 1977-03--1977-04

Universe:    English-speaking persons 18 years of age or over, living in noninstitutional arrangements within the United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The codebook appendix is provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.


Sample:    National probability sampling designs.

Data Source:

personal interviews

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Performed consistency checks.
  • Standardized missing values.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-05-10

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