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America's Radical Right, 1962 (ICPSR 7273)

Principal Investigator(s): Wolfinger, Raymond, et al.


This study investigated the attitudes, political behavior, and demographic characteristics of 307 supporters of the "radical right", selected among the approximately 2,000 attendants of the "San Francisco Bay Region School of Anti-Communism" held by the Christian Anti-Communism Crusade in Oakland, California, from January 29- February 2, 1962. Information was collected by personal interviews (94) and mail questionnaires (214), with most questions taken from the American National Election Studies (see AMERICAN NATIONAL ELECTION STUDIES CUMULATIVE DATA FILE, 1948-1998 [ICPSR 8475]), Samuel Stouffer's COMMUNISM, CONFORMITY, AND CIVIL LIBERTIES STUDY, 1954 (ICPSR 7202), and Martin Trow's study of attitudes toward Senator Joseph McCarthy in Bennington, Vermont. The study also contains a number of derived variables assessing political activity, "internal communism", intolerance, socioeconomic and foreign policy conservatism, and occupational mobility. Demographic data include age, sex, level of education, religious denomination, place of birth, and gross family income.

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Study Description


Wolfinger, Raymond, et al. AMERICA'S RADICAL RIGHT, 1962. Conducted by Raymond Wolfinger et al., Stanford University. ICPSR ed. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [producer and distributor], 1974. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07273.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07273.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    communism, communist threat, conservatism, demographic characteristics, extremism, intolerance, McCarthy, Joseph, occupational mobility, political attitudes, political behavior, political movements, religious fundamentalism, religious right, social attitudes

Geographic Coverage:    California, San Francisco, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1962

Date of Collection:   

  • 1962

Universe:    Supporters of the American "radical right" who attended the "San Francisco Bay Region School of Anti-Communism" between January 29 and February 2, 1962.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    Convenience sample. Only supporters of the Christian Anti-Communist Crusade were included in the study.

Data Source:

personal interviews and mailback questionnaires

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.
  • Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-06-27

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