Catalog of Holdings

Study Report

Study Number: SA-049-003-1-1-United States-ROPER-1979

Subject Area: Attitudes Toward Self and Society

Bibliographic Citation: NSF poll # 2001-Science: trend dataset--surveys of public understanding of science and technology, 1979-2001.  [machine-readable data file] / National Science Foundation  [principal investigator(s)] / Storrs, CT: Roper Center for Public Opinion Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: USNSF2001-Science

Date Accessioned: 11/1/2005

Number of Files Received: 7

Comments: As downloaded from the Roper Center site. Data file is in raw ASCII and SPSS portable format.

Access Status: Access limited to UW Campus

Date Ordered: 10/10/2005

Documentation: Codebook file in Microsoft Word and PDF format; SPSS statement file; questionnaires and articulation chart of variables are in PDF format.

Abstract: National Science Foundation's surveys of public understanding of science and technology have been used to monitor public attitudes toward a variety of science-related issues and topics since 1979. This survey series has also been used to gauge how much the public knows about science and the scientific process, how interested people are in science, and where they get information about science. The surveys provided information that is used by government officials, particularly those responsible for developing education policies and concerned about support for science, and by researchers studying the level of scientific literacy among the general public and attitudes toward various public policy issues.

For each survey year a randomly selected sample of English or Spanish speaking U.S. residents age 18 or older in households with working telephones were interviewed concerning such issues as: interest in scientific and technological issues, self assessed knowledge level of these issues, exposure to different forms of media, exposure to institutions of learning, knowledge level of specific scientific issues, attitude toward scientific and non-scientific issues, and demographic questions (age, education, occupation, gender, etc.)

The core questions from the past eleven surveys (1979, 1983, 1981, 1985, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1995, 1997, 1999, and 2001) have been combined into one easy to use data set. The data file does not include every question asked across the eleven surveys, but does cover core repeated questions to provide an unparalleled resource for longitudinal study of the US attitudes towards science and technology issues.

Media/File Reports:

7072 (CD-ROM)
7073 (CD-ROM)
9002 (USB Flask Drive)
9003 (USB Flask Drive)
9004 (SSCC network drive)