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NORC Amalgam Survey, December 1973

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data, and experimental data
  • Davis, James A.
  • Coleman, James S.
  • Nie, Norman H.
  • Riley, John
  • Jencks, Christopher
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
attitudes toward death; community involvement; ethnicity; family relationships; job satisfaction; life events; occupations; personal adjustment; political affiliation; political attitudes; political behavior; political efficacy; political participation; retirement; social attitudes; social behavior; social issues; social problems; trust in government; voting behavior; United States
  • Abstract

    This data collection contains the results of a 1973 amalgam survey -- several individuals pooled resources to share the cost of launching it -- which was conducted by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago. In this survey, 1,489 individuals from across the United States responded to 125 questions on a wide variety of subjects, including political and social attitudes, political party preferences, and political and social participation. One section of the survey dealt with the importance of various aspects of the respondent's life (e.g., family, job, social activities, and local, state, and national affairs) and the respondent's opinion on the importance of such social issues as marijuana, poverty, rights of criminals, government's role, school integration, pornography, medical care, neighborhood integration, defense spending, income equalization, use of troops to contain communism, government help to Blacks, spying on radicals, inflation, and government spending. In addition, respondents commented on feelings of personal efficacy, feelings about groups, confidence in institutions, views of political party candidates, jury duty experience, attitudes toward retirement and death, and family relationships (in particular, an inquiry into the relationship between brothers). The collection also includes demographic data on the respondent and his or her family (including some information about male respondents' brothers), e.g., marital status, labor force status, occupation, prestige of occupation, vote in the presidential elections of 1968 and 1972, vote in local and state elections, political party affiliation, grandparent nativity, ethnicity, education, religion, respondent's family composition at age 15, number of members in current household, siblings of male respondent, age, sex, income, and race. In addition, the survey included a methodological experiment to determine the effects of the instrument and the coders on the survey results. Specifically, the survey contained question wording experiments using questions on attitudes toward government involvement with social problems and political party affiliation. A further experiment tested the accuracy of respondent-coded occupation.
  • 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: Created variable labels and/or value labels..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1973
  • Collection date: 1973-12
Sampled Universe
Adult noninstitutionalized population of the continental United States, aged 18 and over.
Multistage area probability sampling to the block or segment level was used. At the block level, however, quota sampling was used with quotas based on sex, age, and employment status.
Collection Mode
  • The codebook is provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. 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.

2011-02-17 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.
This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 7556 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR07556.v2
  • Green, Donald Philip, Schickler, Eric. Multiple-Measure Assessment of Party Identification. Public Opinion Quarterly.57, (4), 503-535.1993.
    • ID: 10.1086/269393 (DOI)
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    • ID: 10.1177/1532673X8100900202 (DOI)
  • Petrocik, John R.. Levels of issue voting: The effect of candidate-pairs in presidential elections. American Politics Quarterly.7, (3), 303-327.1979.
    • ID: 10.1177/1532673X7900700304 (DOI)
  • Bishop, George F., Oldendick, Robert W., Tuchfarber, Alfred J., Bennett, Stephen E.. The changing structure of mass belief systems: Fact or artifact?. Journal of Politics.40, (3), 781-787.1978.
  • Nie, Norman H., Verba, Sidney, Petrocik, John R.. The Changing American Voter. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press. 1976.
  • Rabjohn, James. The Effect of Question Wording in National Surveys. Thesis, University of Chicago. 1976.
  • Taylor, D. Garth. The accuracy of respondent-coded occupation. Public Opinion Quarterly.40, (2), 245-255.1976.
    • ID: 10.1086/268293 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 3 | Registration Date: 2015-06-30

Davis, James A.; Coleman, James S.; Nie, Norman H.; Riley, John; Jencks, Christopher (1984): NORC Amalgam Survey, December 1973. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.