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World Issues Survey, 1979 (ICPSR 7822)

Principal Investigator(s): Market Opinion Research


This telephone survey of 1,200 Americans was conducted in November and December of 1979. Data were gathered on respondents' perceptions of world issues, e.g., world hunger, global distribution of resources (including energy), foreign aid, emerging global priorities, social welfare versus military spending, and perceptions of the impact of these issues on the respondents and their families. Additional data include sources of information on the state of world hunger, such as various types of media, other people, and churches/organizations, as well as where respondents had donated money in the past two years, e.g., UNICEF, American Cancer Society, overseas relief work, and special disaster funds. Demographic data include age, education, family status, race and ethnicity, religion, income, and travel experience.

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Study Description


Market Opinion Research. WORLD ISSUES SURVEY, 1979. Conducted by Market Opinion Research, Detroit, Michigan. ICPSR07822-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [producer and distributor], 1981. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07822.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07822.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    charitable donations, defense spending, economic conditions, economic policy, environmental policy, foreign policy, hunger, international affairs, media influence, military expenditures, perceptions, personal wealth, political attitudes, public opinion, social attitudes, social values, social welfare, world problems, worldview

Geographic Coverage:    United States, Global

Time Period:   

  • 1979

Date of Collection:   

  • 1979-11--1979-12

Universe:    Adults in the continental United States with telephones.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The codebook for this dataset consists of a reproduction of the data collection instrument with archive variable numbers inserted. Open-ended questions were not coded and the responses are not included in the data, but the questions are provided (without the added variable numbers) in the codebook to retain the continuity of the survey process.


Sample:    The survey was administered via telephone interview to a representative probability-proportionate-to-area sample of 1,200 respondents.

Data Source:

telephone 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:

  • Standardized missing values.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-06-20



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