Trends in Public Opinion: A Compendium of Survey Data

Trends in Public Opinion: A Compendium of Survey Data

by Richard G. Niemi, John Mueller, Tom W. Smith
     
 

Polls are at their best as indicators of public opinion when they allow comparisons over extended periods of time. Yet all too often changes in question working and in questionnare content make over-time comparisons impossible. This work overcomes this difficulty by bringing together for the first time a compendium of results using identically worded questions on a

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Polls are at their best as indicators of public opinion when they allow comparisons over extended periods of time. Yet all too often changes in question working and in questionnare content make over-time comparisons impossible. This work overcomes this difficulty by bringing together for the first time a compendium of results using identically worded questions on a wide range of social, political, and economic topics of importance to the American people.

Chapter introductions summarize trends in the various areas surveyed and discuss problems of interpretation. The chapters on political behavior and attitudes present findings on party identification, political tolerance, voting, civil liberties, international affairs, and related issues. Chapters on work, the family, and sexuality cover such topics as job prestige and satisfaction, the role of women, divorce, family size, sex education, abortion, premarital and extramarital sex, homosexuality, and pornography. Other issues addressed include crime and violence, race, death and dying, life style, and general attitudes toward life. Trend analysis based on General Social Surveys conducted regularly by The National Opinion Research Center of the University of Chicago since 1972 is supplemented by data from 25 other sources extending as far back as the 1930s. The questions chosen are meaningful and standardized and have been asked in interviews over a significant period. Survey results are displayed in a highly readable format that facilitates comparisons over time. An appropriate choice for the library reference collection, this book is a valuable research tool and source for scholars in political science, psychology, and sociology, as well as journalists, policy makers, and other professionals concerned with public opinion.

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Due to changes in polling techniques and questionnaire content, public opinion indicators are notoriously unreliable over time, making accurate comparisons impossible. This work overcomes that difficulty by compiling results from identically worded questionnaires going back to 1972 or earlier. Chapters provide trend data in such areas as attitudes toward work, the family, sexuality, race, crime, politics, death, and lifestyle. Each chapter begins with a brief introduction and selected reading list. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313254260
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/09/1989
Series:
Documentary Reference Collections Series
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.81(d)
Lexile:
1210L (what's this?)

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