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Study Report

Study Number: SA-027-002-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1987

Subject Area: Attitudes Toward Self and Society

Bibliographic Citation: Freedom and tolerance in the United States, 1987.  [machine-readable data file] / Gibson, James L.  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 9454

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: Machine-readable.

Abstract: The purpose of this data collection was to examine political tolerance and perceptions of personal freedom in the United States. Respondents were questioned regarding their feelings about social groups currently active in politics (e.g., the group most disliked, whether its members should be banned from running for public office, teaching in public schools, and making public speeches, and whether this group was threatening to the American way of life). Respondents also were asked for their opinions of government agencies, Congress, and the Supreme Court, including whether the government should allow public meetings to oppose the government and whether the power of the Supreme Court to declare acts of Congress unconstitutional should be eliminated. Additionally, respondents were queried about their political behavior (e.g., frequency of political discussions with co-workers, friends, casual acquaintances, and neighbors), about a variety of psychological and philosophical issues, and about their alcoholic drinking behavior.

SOURCE: personal interviews, and self-enumerated questionnaires

UNIVERSE: English-speaking persons 18 years of age and over, living in noninstitutional arrangements within the United States.

SAMPLE: A panel (re-interview) was selected randomly, within gender strata, from respondents of 1987 General Social Survey, which was a national probability sample with a special oversample of Black respondents.

NOTE: The raw data for this collection contain seven 92-character records per case.

EXTENT OF COLLECTION: 1 data file + machine-readable documentation.

DATA TYPE: survey data

DATA FORMAT: LRECL and SPSS-X Export File

TIME PERIOD: 1987

DATE OF COLLECTION: June-July 1987

FUNDING AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

GRANT NUMBER: SES 86-06642

RELATED PUBLICATIONS:

Gibson, James L. ''The Structure of Attitudinal Tolerance in the United States.'' BRITISH JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE 19 (1989), 562-570. Gibson, James L. ''Understandings of Justice: Institutional Legitimacy, Procedural Justice, and Political Tolerance.'' LAW AND SOCIETY 23 (1989), 469-496. Gibson, James L. ''Political Freedom: A Socio-Psychological Analysis.'' In George E. Marcus and John L. Sullivan (eds.), RECONSIDERING AMERICAN DEMOCRACY. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, forthcoming.

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