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Arts and Religion Survey 1999 [United States]

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Wuthnow, Robert (Princeton University)
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
artists; arts; arts participation; leisure
  • Abstract

    This data set offers information on Americans' opinions about the role of the arts relative to religion. A total of 1,530 respondents were asked questions about their creative and arts-related activities; their attitudes toward the arts; their religious activities, behaviors, beliefs and affiliations; their spiritual (or "uplifting") experiences; their attitudes toward religion and spirituality; the role of the arts in religious contexts; the relationship between art and spirituality; and their involvement in charitable activities. Respondents were also asked for their demographic information including age, sex, race, and income. In-person, in-home interviews were conducted in Spring 1999.
  • Abstract

    In-person, in-home interviews were conducted with a random national sample of 1,530 non-institutionalized United States adults ages 18 and over, living in the forty-eight contiguous states. The sample is a probability sample down to the block level, after which households and persons within households were selected through an enumeration process. Notably, the Arts and Religion Survey was one of the last surveys that the Gallup Organization did using this methodology. Each interview lasted approximately fifty minutes and included more than 300 questions. The data were collected during the spring of 1999.
  • Methods

    This data collection contains a weight variable. The variable name is WEIGHT.
  • 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 online analysis version with question text.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1999
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Non-institutionalized adults aged 18 and over in the United States. Smallest Geographic Unit: region
The survey used a random probability sample. The sampling error is approximately plus or minus 3 percentage points.
Collection Mode
  • face-to-face interview

    The study was designed by Princeton University professor Robert Wuthnow and conducted by the Gallup Organization in Princeton, New Jersey.

    This data collection was previously distributed by the Cultural Policy and the Arts National Data Archive (CPANDA). The CPANDA Identification Number (study number) is a00082.

    Quick facts for this data collection, "Places of worship as venues for artistic activities", are available from the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies (CACPS) at Princeton University.

    Information regarding data processing for this data collection is in the "Codebook Notes" page(s) in the ICPSR Codebook. Most notably: The value used for response "Don't know/refused" differs throughout the data collection because it follows the questionnaire. Users may use their discretion to standardize these codes for their own use.; Some variables in this data collection contain unlabeled values.; For this data collection, no documentation was provided for the following variables: Q121H, Q169G, Q173K, D21A, D21B, D21C, REGION, REGION8, CITYSIZE, CTYSIZR, CTYSIZ3, CHSIZE, AGE3, EDUC, RELVIEWS, INCOME, BLACK, and HISP.;

This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 35192 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Wuthnow, Robert. All in Sync: How Music and Art Are Revitalizing American Religion. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. 2003.

Update Metadata: 2016-01-28 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2016-01-28

Wuthnow, Robert (2016): Arts and Religion Survey 1999 [United States]. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.