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World Issues Survey, 1979

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Market Opinion Research
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
charitable donations; defense spending; economic conditions; economic policy; environmental policy; foreign policy; hunger; international affairs; media influence; military expenditures; perceptions; personal wealth; political attitudes; public opinion; social attitudes; social values; social welfare; world problems; worldview
  • Abstract

    This telephone survey of 1,200 Americans was conducted in November and December of 1979. Data were gathered on respondents' perceptions of world issues, e.g., world hunger, global distribution of resources (including energy), foreign aid, emerging global priorities, social welfare versus military spending, and perceptions of the impact of these issues on the respondents and their families. Additional data include sources of information on the state of world hunger, such as various types of media, other people, and churches/organizations, as well as where respondents had donated money in the past two years, e.g., UNICEF, American Cancer Society, overseas relief work, and special disaster funds. Demographic data include age, education, family status, race and ethnicity, religion, income, and travel experience.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Standardized missing values..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1979
  • 1979-11 / 1979-12
    Collection date: 1979-11--1979-12
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
  • Global
Sampled Universe
Adults in the continental United States with telephones.
The survey was administered via telephone interview to a representative probability-proportionate-to-area sample of 1,200 respondents.
Collection Mode
  • The codebook for this dataset consists of a reproduction of the data collection instrument with archive variable numbers inserted. Open-ended questions were not coded and the responses are not included in the data, but the questions are provided (without the added variable numbers) in the codebook to retain the continuity of the survey process.

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Alternative Identifiers
  • 7822 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR07822.v1

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

Market Opinion Research (1984): World Issues Survey, 1979. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.