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National Study of Tolerance and Political Ideology, 1973

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Nunn, Clyde Z.
  • Crockett, Harry J. Jr.
  • Williams, J. Allen
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • National Science Foundation
Free Keywords
civil rights; communication; communism; community elites; conformity; crime; demographic characteristics; domestic policy; drugs; literacy; mass media; newspapers; party identification; political attitudes; political socialization; religious beliefs; taxes; television; welfare services
  • Abstract

    Tolerance for nonconformity within the general public and among civic leaders was investigated in this survey, providing correlates between ideology and political tolerance. Respondents were first queried for awareness of and opinions on a variety of social and political topics such as crime, taxes, left- and right-wing radical politics, women in politics, school integration, drugs, and welfare. Further questions addressed opinions on free speech, authority, and knowledge and attitudes regarding communism and fascism. Background information includes newspaper, magazine, and book readership, hours of television watched, political alignment, religious attitudes, and organizational memberships. Demographic data such as age, educational attainment, employment, and ethnic background are also provided.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Adult Population Sample
    • DS2: Civic Leader Sample
Temporal Coverage
  • 1973-03 / 1973-05
    Time period: 1973-03--1973-05
  • 1973-03 / 1973-05
    Collection date: 1973-03--1973-05
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Two distinct samples were used in this study: (1) a stratified probability sample of non-institutionalized persons age 18 or older, residing in the coterminous United States, and (2) a purposive sample of civic leaders in fourteen selected categories living in the United States in cities with populations from 10,000 to 50,000.
2007-04-23 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.2006-01-18 File CB8487.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads. Funding insitution(s): National Science Foundation (GS-36754X).
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 8487 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08487.v1
  • Wilcox, Clyde, Jelen, Ted. Evangelicals and Political Tolerance. American Politics Quarterly.18, (1), 25-46.1990.
    • ID: 10.1177/1532673X9001800102 (DOI)
  • Nunn, Clyde Z., Crockett, Harry J., Jr., Williams, J. Allen, Jr.. Tolerance for Nonconformity. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. 1978.
  • Williams, J. Allen, Jr., Nunn, Clyde Z., St. Peter, Louis, Crockett, Harry J., Jr.. Origins of tolerance: Findings from a replication of Stouffer's Communism, Conformity, and Civil Liberties. Social Forces.55, (2), 394-408.1976.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Stouffer, Samuel A.. Communism, Conformity, and Civil Liberties. Garden City, NY: Doubleday. 1955.

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

Nunn, Clyde Z.; Crockett, Harry J. Jr.; Williams, J. Allen (1986): National Study of Tolerance and Political Ideology, 1973. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.