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Nebraska Natural Resource Survey, 2012 (ICPSR 36449)

Principal Investigator(s): Hamm, Joseph, Michigan State University


The Nebraska Natural Resource Survey, 2012 data were collected to assess the role that trust plays in driving intention to cooperate with a natural resource management institution, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC). Data were collected from a random sample of Nebraska landowners with more than 20 acres of rural land, in which urban land was excluded by zip code. Survey questions included measures of the respondent's knowledge, experience, and perceptions of the NGPC's practices, policies, and goals. Respondents were also queried on any landowner programs they had participated in through the NGPC and their experiences and recommendations surrounding them. Respondents were asked to address environmental concern issues in the relational context of the NGPC. Finally respondents were asked to rate their own trustworthiness and how they felt about the Keystone XL Pipeline proposal. Demographic information within this collection includes age, sex, race/ethnicity, political affiliation, as well as where they fall on the political spectrum.

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Study Description


Hamm, Joseph. Nebraska Natural Resource Survey, 2012. ICPSR36449-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2016-06-14. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36449.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36449.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • National Science Foundation (SES-1154855)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    conservation, demographic characteristics, environmental attitudes, environmental monitoring, landowners, natural resources, parks, recreation expenses, rural areas, trust in government, values, wildlife

Smallest Geographic Unit:    county

Geographic Coverage:    Nebraska, United States

Time Period:   

  • 2012 (Fall)

Date of Collection:   

  • 2012-06-26--2012-08-30

Unit of Observation:    Individual

Universe:    Rural landowners in Nebraska.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The string variables Q9, Q13, Q15, and Q18 contain responses which exceed statistical package character limitations and appear truncated in the ICPSR data file. ICPSR has provided comma delimited data files for these variables in order to provide full responses.


Study Purpose:    To assess the role that trust plays in driving intention to cooperate with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

Sample:    Landowners with more than 20 acres of rural land were identified by Survey Sampling International, a global provider of sampling solutions for survey research. Two lists of landowners were produced within the targeted Nebraska counties; urban areas were excluded by zip code. The first was a list of residences limited to lots larger than 20 acres and the second was a list of farms that have obtained a loan from the United States government. Duplicate addresses were eliminated and the sample was selected randomly.

Time Method:    Cross-sectional

Weight:    The data are not weighted and contain no weight variables.

Mode of Data Collection:    mail questionnaire

Response Rates:    38 percent

Presence of Common Scales:    rNEP

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:

  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Created online analysis version with question text.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   2016-06-14

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