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General Social Survey, 1974 (ICPSR 7341)

Principal Investigator(s): Davis, James A.


As in 1972 and 1973, the 1974 interview includes items selected by the NORC staff and an advisory panel of sociologists as "mainstream" interests of academic sociology. In addition to standard personal data items, the 1974 survey covers such areas of interest as the family, socio-economic status, social mobility, and morale. About two-thirds of the questionnaire probed for attitudes and opinions concerning qualities of a job, satisfaction with life, roles of women, birth control and abortion, sex relations, race relations, social control issues, and civil liberties. The data were collected by the National Opinion Research Center as the third in a five-year series of general social surveys. The survey was administered in March 1974 to a national cross-section sample of adults 18 years of age or older. The data was obtained from the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research.

Series: General Social Survey Series

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Study Description


Davis, James A. GENERAL SOCIAL SURVEY, 1974. Conducted by National Opinion Research Center. ICPSR ed. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [producer and distributor], 1975. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07341.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07341.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    abortion, birth control, civil rights, families, gender roles, life cycle, life satisfaction, morale, morality, race relations, racial attitudes, sexual behavior, social attitudes, social control, social indicators, social issues, social mobility, socioeconomic status, work attitudes, work

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Date of Collection:   

  • 1974-03

Universe:    English-speaking persons 18 years of age or over, living in noninstitutional arrangements within the United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    National block quota sampling.

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:

  • Performed consistency checks.
  • Standardized missing values.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-05-10

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