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Social and Political Attitudes of the American Labor Force: A Comparative Study of Unemployed and Employed Workers, 1976

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Schlozman, Kay Lehman
  • Verba, Sidney
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • New Prospect Foundation
  • Harvard University. Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
Free Keywords
class identity; employment; expectations; job history; labor force; labor unions; layoffs; life satisfaction; party membership; political attitudes; political participation; social class; social mobility; unemployment; work; workers; United States
  • Abstract

    The purpose of this survey, conducted in the spring of 1976 with a national sample of the American work force, was to estimate the impact of the experience of unemployment on social and political attitudes and political behavior. Class consciousness and attitudes toward "the American dream" were of particular interest. A total of 779 working and 566 unemployed respondents were surveyed.
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    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1976
Sampled Universe
The labor force 18 years of age and older living in the 150 largest metropolitan areas in the United States. Membership in the labor force was defined as being presently employed or seeking employment.
There were a total of 1,345 respondents, 779 employed and 566 unemployed.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 8078 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08078.v1
  • Plutzer, Eric. Determinants of Leftist Radical Belief in the United States. Social Forces.65, (4), 1002-1019.1987.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Schlozman, Kay Lehman, Verba, Sidney. Injury to Insult: Unemployment, Class, and Political Response. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 1979.

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

Schlozman, Kay Lehman; Verba, Sidney (1984): Social and Political Attitudes of the American Labor Force: A Comparative Study of Unemployed and Employed Workers, 1976. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.