National Study of Tolerance and Political Ideology, 1973 (ICPSR 8487)

Published: Apr 23, 2007

Principal Investigator(s):
Clyde Z. Nunn; Harry J. Jr. Crockett; J. Allen Williams

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Tolerance for nonconformity within the general public and among civic leaders was investigated in this survey, providing correlates between ideology and political tolerance. Respondents were first queried for awareness of and opinions on a variety of social and political topics such as crime, taxes, left- and right-wing radical politics, women in politics, school integration, drugs, and welfare. Further questions addressed opinions on free speech, authority, and knowledge and attitudes regarding communism and fascism. Background information includes newspaper, magazine, and book readership, hours of television watched, political alignment, religious attitudes, and organizational memberships. Demographic data such as age, educational attainment, employment, and ethnic background are also provided.

Nunn, Clyde Z., Crockett, Harry J. Jr., and Williams, J. Allen. National Study of Tolerance and Political Ideology, 1973. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-04-23.

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National Science Foundation (GS-36754X)

1973-03 -- 1973-05

1973-03 -- 1973-05

Two distinct samples were used in this study: (1) a stratified probability sample of non-institutionalized persons age 18 or older, residing in the coterminous United States, and (2) a purposive sample of civic leaders in fourteen selected categories living in the United States in cities with populations from 10,000 to 50,000.

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