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National Study of Tolerance and Political Ideology, 1973 (ICPSR 8487)

Principal Investigator(s): Nunn, Clyde Z.; Crockett, Harry J. Jr.; Williams, J. Allen


Tolerance for nonconformity within the general public and among civic leaders was investigated in this survey, providing correlates between ideology and political tolerance. Respondents were first queried for awareness of and opinions on a variety of social and political topics such as crime, taxes, left- and right-wing radical politics, women in politics, school integration, drugs, and welfare. Further questions addressed opinions on free speech, authority, and knowledge and attitudes regarding communism and fascism. Background information includes newspaper, magazine, and book readership, hours of television watched, political alignment, religious attitudes, and organizational memberships. Demographic data such as age, educational attainment, employment, and ethnic background are also provided.

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DS2:  Civic Leader Sample - Download All Files (12.008 MB)
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Study Description


Nunn, Clyde Z., Harry J. Jr. Crockett, and J. Allen Williams. National Study of Tolerance and Political Ideology, 1973. ICPSR08487-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-04-23. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08487.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08487.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • National Science Foundation (GS-36754X)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    civil rights, communication, communism, community elites, conformity, crime, demographic characteristics, domestic policy, drugs, literacy, mass media, newspapers, party identification, political attitudes, political socialization, religious beliefs, taxes, television, welfare services

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1973-03--1973-05

Date of Collection:   

  • 1973-03--1973-05

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    Two distinct samples were used in this study: (1) a stratified probability sample of non-institutionalized persons age 18 or older, residing in the coterminous United States, and (2) a purposive sample of civic leaders in fourteen selected categories living in the United States in cities with populations from 10,000 to 50,000.

Data Source:

personal interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1986-06-06

Version History:

  • 2007-04-23 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.
  • 2006-01-18 File CB8487.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.

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