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ICPSR Instructional Subset: FEA Survey 1--Surveys of Public Attitudes and Response to Federal Energy Policy, 1974-1976 (ICPSR 7584)

Principal Investigator(s): United States Federal Energy Administration


This instructional subset contains information from one of the 42 series of the Surveys of Public Attitudes and Response to Federal Energy Policy conducted for the United States Federal Energy Administration by the Opinion Research Corporation of Princeton, New Jersey. The surveys were administered as part of a program to ascertain on a timely basis the American public's knowledge, beliefs, attitudes, motivations, preferences, and behavior regarding issues of energy conservation and the environment. The topical coverage of the surveys dealt with the public's perception of the role of the federal government in the energy policy area, personal knowledge and sources of information about energy, perceptions of actual or potential government action, and personal efforts to conserve energy. Information was also obtained on the respondents' behavior with regard to home insulation, driving habits, and the use of mass transit. Items in this subset focus primarily on assessing the impact of the 1973-1974 energy shortage and the accompanying recession on the respondents' lives and economic behavior. Items include questions about job loss or cutbacks, as well as questions about changes that were made in the respondents' energy usage as a result of the shortage. Other items provide information on changes in respondents' plans regarding the purchase of appliances or homes, the effect of inflation on their shopping behavior, and their opinions about the cause, impact, and length of the energy shortage and possible policy solutions. Demographic items specify age, sex, education, income, race, employment, and number of automobiles in the household. See the related collection, ICPSR INSTRUCTIONAL SUBSET: FEA SURVEY 18--SURVEYS OF PUBLIC ATTITUDES AND RESPONSE TO FEDERAL ENERGY POLICY, 1974-1976 (ICPSR 7585). Each of these subsets is a discrete independent dataset.

Series: Instructional Subset Series

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  • This study is intended for instructional use, and may be subsets of the original data. Variables and/or cases may have been removed to facilitate classroom use.

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Study Description


U.S. Federal Energy Administration. ICPSR INSTRUCTIONAL SUBSET: FEA SURVEY 1--SURVEYS OF PUBLIC ATTITUDES AND RESPONSE TO FEDERAL ENERGY POLICY, 1974-1976. Conducted by Opinion Research Corporation. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [producer and distributor], 1977. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07584.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07584.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    attitudes, beliefs, energy conservation, energy policy, energy shortages, energy use, federal government, knowledge (awareness), information sources, opinions

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1974--1976

Date of Collection:   

  • 1974-07

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

A weight variable that adjusted the size of each response group to produce a representative national sample was included in the original study. The data presented here are in raw form and hence may slightly over- or under-represent certain response groups.


Sample:    A total of 413 persons aged 18 years and older living in the United States in the period 1974-1976.

Data Source:

United States Federal Energy Administration. Surveys of Public Attitudes and Response to Federal Energy Policy

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 recodes and/or calculated derived variables.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-05-04



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