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Attitudes of American State Legislators, 1975

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Welch, Susan
  • Peters, John G.
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • University of Nebraska. Office of Research and Economic Development
Free Keywords
legislative process; misconduct in office; political attitudes; political corruption; political elites; political issues; social issues; state legislators; state politics; state government; welfare services; United States
  • Abstract

    This data collection focuses on state legislators' attitudes towards political corruption. The first wave of interviewing started in October 1975. The survey consisted of items concerning general attitudes about political corruption as well as questions designed to assess the likelihood of the occurrence of political corruption at various levels of government. In addition, state legislators were asked to evaluate the extent to which particular types of activities were corrupt. For some of these activities, legislators were asked to assess the frequency of occurrence within their own legislative setting. The survey instrument also contained questions about current social and political issues. Standard demographic variables such as age, sex, and education and other background variables such as party identification and district information were included as well.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1975
  • Collection date: 1975
Sampled Universe
All state senators and legislators of the upper houses of state legislatures in the United States.
A total of 978 state senators from 24 randomly chosen states were surveyed via mailback questionnaires. Legislators who did not respond to the original questionnaire were sent a follow-up questionnaire identical to the original one. The first two waves netted a 42-percent return rate. Subsequently, a 171-person random subsample of the remaining nonrespondents was sent a shortened one-page version of the survey instrument, and 21 percent of those legislators responded to this second follow-up survey.
Collection Mode
  • The data collection instrument is provided by ICPSR as Portable Document Format (PDF) files. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.

This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 8161 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Welch, Susan, Peters, John G.. Elite attitudes on economic welfare and social issues. Polity.14, (1), 160-177.1981.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Peters, John G., Welch, Susan. Political corruption in America: A search for definitions and a theory, or If political corruption is in the mainstream of American politics why is it not in the mainstream of American politics research?. American Political Science Review.72, (3), 974-984.1978.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Welch, Susan, Peters, John G.. Attitudes of U.S. State legislators toward political corruption: Some preliminary findings. Legislative Studies Quarterly.2, (4), 445-463.1977.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Welch, Susan, Peters, John G.. Some problems of stimulating responses to mail questionnaires. Political Methodology.4, (2), 139-151.1977.

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

Welch, Susan; Peters, John G. (1984): Attitudes of American State Legislators, 1975. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.