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Attitudes of American State Legislators, 1975 (ICPSR 8161)

Principal Investigator(s): Welch, Susan; Peters, John G.


This data collection focuses on state legislators' attitudes towards political corruption. The first wave of interviewing started in October 1975. The survey consisted of items concerning general attitudes about political corruption as well as questions designed to assess the likelihood of the occurrence of political corruption at various levels of government. In addition, state legislators were asked to evaluate the extent to which particular types of activities were corrupt. For some of these activities, legislators were asked to assess the frequency of occurrence within their own legislative setting. The survey instrument also contained questions about current social and political issues. Standard demographic variables such as age, sex, and education and other background variables such as party identification and district information were included as well.

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Study Description


Welch, Susan, and John G. Peters. Attitudes of American State Legislators, 1975. ICPSR08161-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1984. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08161.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08161.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • University of Nebraska. Office of Research and Economic Development

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    legislative process, misconduct in office, political attitudes, political corruption, political elites, political issues, social issues, state legislators, state politics, state government, welfare services, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1975

Date of Collection:   

  • 1975

Universe:    All state senators and legislators of the upper houses of state legislatures in the United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

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


Sample:    A total of 978 state senators from 24 randomly chosen states were surveyed via mailback questionnaires. Legislators who did not respond to the original questionnaire were sent a follow-up questionnaire identical to the original one. The first two waves netted a 42-percent return rate. Subsequently, a 171-person random subsample of the remaining nonrespondents was sent a shortened one-page version of the survey instrument, and 21 percent of those legislators responded to this second follow-up survey.

Data Source:

mailback questionnaires


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-11-12

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