Trends in Public Opinion: A Compendium of Survey Data

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maintain independent, productive careers (11.4, 11.6). Men have been about 10 percentage points less willing to accept these notions than women.

An increasing willingness to have a women as president was documented in Table 1.4. Paralleling this change, respondents have come more and more to reject the ideas that women should leave the running of the country up to men (11.7) and that women are emotionally less well suited for politics (11.8, 11.9). Interestingly, the impact of the 1984 election campaign, in which the (losing) Democratic ticket sported a woman in the vice presidential slot, seems to have arrested this trend a bit (11.7, 11.8), but later it resumed. For the most part, the attitudes of men and women on these issues have not differed substantially.


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Glenn Norval D. 1987. Social Trends in the United States: Evidence from Sample Surveys. Public Opinion Quarterly, 51:109-126.

Mason Karen Oppenheim, and Yu-Hsia Lu. 1986. Recent Changes in Attitudes toward Women's Roles in the United States. Proceedings of the International Conference on "The USA: A Decade after the Vietnam War." Institute of American Culture, Taipei, 1987.

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Smith Tom W. 1976. A Study of Trends in the Political Role of Women 1936-1974. In James A. Davis, ed., Studies of Social Changes since 1948, Vol. 2. Chicago: National opinion Research Center.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • List of Tables vii
  • Acknowledgments xxi
  • Introduction 1
  • References 10
  • 1 - Politics 11
  • References 14
  • 2 - International Affairs 49
  • REPERENCES 51
  • 3 - Taxation and Spending 73
  • References 75
  • 4 - Confidence in Institutions 93
  • References 95
  • 5 - Political Tolerance 107
  • References 109
  • 6 - Crime and Violence 131
  • References 133
  • 7 - Tobacco, Alcohol, Drugs 153
  • References 155
  • 8 - Race Relations 167
  • 9 - Sexual and Reproductive Morality 187
  • References 189
  • 10 - Death and Dying 215
  • References 216
  • 11 - Role of Women 223
  • References 224
  • 12 - Work 235
  • References 237
  • 13 - Religion 251
  • References 252
  • 14 - Family 265
  • 15 - Psychological Well-Being/Group Membership 287
  • References 288
  • Index of GSS Mnemonics 317
  • Index 321
  • About the Authors 327
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