Brooklyn Museum Art Controversy Survey 1999 [United States] (ICPSR 35236)
This national survey collected data on Americans' attitudes concerning freedom of expression issues arising from the exhibit of an art show at the Brooklyn Museum in the fall of 1999. Debate about the show, titled "Sensation," centered on a painting of the Virgin Mary by British artist Chris Ofili that incorporated some unconventional images into its design. The survey included questions about awareness of the debate, attitudes toward the public display of potentially controversial art, attitudes toward government censorship of art, and attitudes toward public funding of museums that display controversial art. Respondents were also asked for their demographic information including age, sex, and income. A total of 1,005 computer-assisted telephone interviews were conducted between September 29 and October 3, 1999.
The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.
McGill, Lawrence T., and Kenneth Dautrich. Brooklyn Museum Art Controversy Survey 1999 [United States]. ICPSR35236-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2016-01-28. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR35236.v1
Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR35236.v1
This study was funded by:
- First Amendment Center
Scope of Study
Geographic Coverage: United States
The survey was conducted for the First Amendment Center by the Center for Survey Research and Analysis (CSRA) at the University of Connecticut.
This data collection was previously distributed by the Cultural Policy and the Arts National Archive (CPANDA). The CPANDA Identification Number (study number) for the data collection is a00005.
Quick Facts for this data collection, "How Supportive are Americans of Freedom of Expression?" and "Case study: The Brooklyn Museum of Art, 1999", are available from the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies (CACPS) at Princeton University.
Information regarding data processing for this data collection is in the "Codebook Notes" page(s) in the ICPSR Codebook. Most notably:
- To protect respondent privacy, variable FIPS "FEDERAL INFORMATION PROCESSING STANDARDS CODE" has been masked.
- For this data collection, no documentation was provided for the following variables: FIPS-TZONE and V20.
Study Design: A total of 1,005 computer-assisted telephone interviews were conducted with a random national random digit dialing sample of Americans over the age of 18, between September 29 and October 3, 1999.
Description of Variables: The survey included questions about awareness of the debate, attitudes toward the public display of potentially controversial art, attitudes toward government censorship of art, and attitudes toward public funding of museums that display controversial art.
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 online analysis version with question text.
Original ICPSR Release: 2016-01-28
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