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Energy Crisis Behavior and Attitudes in the United States, February 1977 (ICPSR 7583)

Principal Investigator(s): United States Federal Energy Administration


This data collection contains the results of a survey administered by telephone on February 4-6, 1977, to a national probability sample of adults in order to investigate the public's behavior and attitudes concerning energy issues at the time of the 1977 energy shortages. Topics covered include the temperature setting in the respondent's home at several points in time, respondent's reasons for reducing or not reducing temperatures, type of home heating used, respondent's concern about the energy shortages, actions the respondent took to reduce fuel costs, and the respondent's opinion about the role of government in coping with fuel shortages. The survey was conducted by the Gallup Organization for the Federal Energy Administration (now the Department of Energy).

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Study Description


United States Federal Energy Administration. Energy Crisis Behavior and Attitudes in the United States, February 1977. ICPSR07583-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1982. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07583.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07583.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Energy

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    commuting (travel), consumer attitudes, consumer behavior, energy conservation, energy consumption, energy crises, energy industry, energy policy, energy shortages, fuel costs, government performance, oil crises, public approval, transportation

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1977-02

Date of Collection:   

  • 1977-02-04--1977-02-06

Universe:    Adult population of the United States living in households with telephones.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Variable 146 is the weight and should be used in any analysis.


Sample:    Systematic probability sampling using the frame of a stratified probability sample administered with personal interviews. In effect, the sampling frame consisted of telephone homes reached in a personal interview in-home survey.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-03-18



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