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News Media Study, 1957

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Withey, Stephen B.
  • Davis, Robert C.
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • National Association of Science Writers
Free Keywords
adults; attitudes; information sources; knowledge (awareness); mass media; media influence; news media; newspapers; radios; science; scientists; television; United States
  • Abstract

    This study contains data on the use of the news media by 1,919 adults in the United States in 1957 and their attitudes toward science and scientists. Closed and open-ended questions were asked to explore the role of the mass media in informing the public about developments in science, as well as respondents' use of newspapers, magazines, radio, and television, and the programs of interest to them. Additional questions explored respondents' use of the media as a source of scientific information, their assessments of the medium that provided a major source of their entertainment, news, and science information, their attitudes toward science and its effects on society, their understanding of the meaning of scientific studies, their opinions of the character of scientists and their freedom to engage in any kind of research, their concept of causality, and their views of earth satellites. Demographic variables include age, sex, race, education, marital status, family composition, religion, and group memberships. See the related collection, SURVEY OF CONSUMER ATTITUDES AND BEHAVIOR, SPRING 1958: NEWS MEDIA (ICPSR 3632). Approximately 25 percent of the news media survey was repeated in a national survey in spring 1958, six months after the launching of the Russian Sputnik.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1957
  • Collection date: 1957
Sampled Universe
Adults living in private dwelling units in the United States in 1957.
Area probability sampling of 1,919 adults living in private dwelling units in the United States in 1957.
Collection Mode
  • Produced by the Institute for Social Research, Social Science Archive, Ann Arbor, MI, 197?.

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Alternative Identifiers
  • 3511 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR03511.v1
  • Davis, Robert C.. The impact of mass communication. Technology in Western Civilization.New York: Oxford University Press. 1967.
  • (author unknown). Sputnik: Some Consequences, Expectations and Attitudes: An Accounting of Some Questions Asked for the Federal Civil Defense Administration. Ann Arbor, MI: Survey Research Center, University of Michigan. 1958.
  • (author unknown). The Public Impact of Science in the Mass Media: A Report on a Nation-wide Survey for the National Association of Science Writers. Ann Arbor, MI: Survey Research Center, University of Michigan. 1958.
  • Withey, Stephen B.. Sputnik: Some Consquences, Expectations, and Attitudes. Ann Arbor, MI: Survey Research Center. 1958.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Withey, Stephen B.; Davis, Robert C. (1984): News Media Study, 1957. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.