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News Media Study, 1957

Version
v1
Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
Creator
  • Withey, Stephen B.
  • Davis, Robert C.
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
1984-06-20
Funding Reference
  • National Association of Science Writers
Language
English
Free Keywords
adults; attitudes; information sources; knowledge (awareness); mass media; media influence; news media; newspapers; radios; science; scientists; television; United States
Description
  • 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

    Datasets:

    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1957
  • Collection date: 1957
Sampled Universe
Adults living in private dwelling units in the United States in 1957.
Sampling
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?.

Availability
Download
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 3511 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
Publications
  • 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. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03511.v1