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Social and Political Attitudes of the American Labor Force: A Comparative Study of Unemployed and Employed Workers, 1976 (ICPSR 8078)

Principal Investigator(s): Schlozman, Kay Lehman; Verba, Sidney


The purpose of this survey, conducted in the spring of 1976 with a national sample of the American work force, was to estimate the impact of the experience of unemployment on social and political attitudes and political behavior. Class consciousness and attitudes toward "the American dream" were of particular interest. A total of 779 working and 566 unemployed respondents were surveyed.

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Study Description


Schlozman, Kay Lehman, and Sidney Verba. Social and Political Attitudes of the American Labor Force: A Comparative Study of Unemployed and Employed Workers, 1976. ICPSR08078-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1983. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08078.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08078.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • New Prospect Foundation
  • Harvard University. Weatherhead Center for International Affairs

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    class identity, employment, expectations, job history, labor force, labor unions, layoffs, life satisfaction, party membership, political attitudes, political participation, social class, social mobility, unemployment, work, workers, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1976

Universe:    The labor force 18 years of age and older living in the 150 largest metropolitan areas in the United States. Membership in the labor force was defined as being presently employed or seeking employment.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    There were a total of 1,345 respondents, 779 employed and 566 unemployed.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-06-20

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