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Public Opinion and the War in Vietnam Study, 1966 (ICPSR 7295)

Principal Investigator(s): Brody, Richard A., Stanford University; Ekman, Paul, University of California Medical Center; Parker, Edwin B., Stanford University; Polsby, Nelson W., Wesleyan University; Rossi, Peter H., National Opinion Research Center; Sheatsley, Paul B., National Opinion Research Center; Verba, Sidney, Stanford University


This study, conducted by the National Opinion Research Center, surveyed a cross-section of the adult population in the United States to elicit opinions about the involvement of the United States in Vietnam. Questions covered problems in the news, the respondents' vote in 1964, the number of years, if any, served in the Armed Forces, their knowledge of the Vietnam War, and their opinions on what the government should do in Vietnam. Demographic data include age, sex, race, number of children, education, occupation, family income, perceived social class, service in the military, and religious preference.

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Study Description


Brody, Richard A., Paul Ekman, Edwin B. Parker, Nelson W. Polsby, Peter H. Rossi, Paul B. Sheatsley, and Sidney Verba. Public Opinion and the War in Vietnam Study, 1966. ICPSR07295-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1975. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07295.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07295.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    media coverage, military service, national interests, political attitudes, political awareness, political opposition, public opinion, Vietnam War, voter history, world politics

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1966

Date of Collection:   

  • 1966-02--1966-03

Universe:    Adult population of the United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    Probability sampling of blocks within NORC's 75 sampling points. Within the sampling units, respondents were selected so as to form a representative sample of the population of the United States.

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:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-06-20

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