World Issues Survey, 1979 (ICPSR 7822)

Published: Feb 16, 1992

Principal Investigator(s):
Market Opinion Research

Version V1

This telephone survey of 1,200 Americans was conducted in November and December of 1979. Data were gathered on respondents' perceptions of world issues, e.g., world hunger, global distribution of resources (including energy), foreign aid, emerging global priorities, social welfare versus military spending, and perceptions of the impact of these issues on the respondents and their families. Additional data include sources of information on the state of world hunger, such as various types of media, other people, and churches/organizations, as well as where respondents had donated money in the past two years, e.g., UNICEF, American Cancer Society, overseas relief work, and special disaster funds. Demographic data include age, education, family status, race and ethnicity, religion, income, and travel experience.

Market Opinion Research. World Issues Survey, 1979. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1992-02-16.

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1979-11 -- 1979-12

The codebook for this dataset consists of a reproduction of the data collection instrument with archive variable numbers inserted. Open-ended questions were not coded and the responses are not included in the data, but the questions are provided (without the added variable numbers) in the codebook to retain the continuity of the survey process.

The survey was administered via telephone interview to a representative probability-proportionate-to-area sample of 1,200 respondents.

Adults in the continental United States with telephones.

telephone interviews

survey data



1984-06-20 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.


  • Data in this collection are available only to users at ICPSR member institutions.

  • The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented.
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