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1.) YEAR: Year of survey
3.) WRKSTAT: Last week were you working full-time, part-time, going to school, keeping house, or what?
6.) EVWORK: If retired, in school, keeping house, or other: Did you ever work for as long as one year?
7.) WRKSLF: (Are/Were) you self-employed or (do/did) you work for someone else?
11.) MARITAL: Are you currently -- married, widowed, divorced, separated, or have you never been married?
13.) DIVORCE: If currently married or widowed: Have you ever been divorced or legally separated?
14.) WIDOWED: If currently married, separated, or divorced: Have you ever been widowed?
15.) SPWRKSTA: Last week was your (wife/husband) working full/part-time, going to school, keeping house, or what?
17.) SPHRS2: If with a job, but not at work: How many hours a week does (he/she) usually work, at all jobs?
18.) SPEVWORK: If spouse retired, in school, keeping house, other: Did (he/she) ever work for as long as one year?
19.) SPWRKSLF: (Is/Was) (he/she) self-employed or (does/did) (he/she) work for someone else?
23.) PAWRKSLF: Your father's (father substitute)work when you were growing up-Self-employed/worked for someone else
34.) DEGREE: Respondent's Degree
35.) PADEG: Respondent's father's (substitute father's) degree
36.) MADEG: Respondent's mother's (substitute mother's) degree
37.) SPDEG: Respondent's spouse's degree
40.) RES16: Categories on this card that are closest to type of place you were living in when you were 16yrs old
42.) MOBILE16: When you were 16 years old, were you living in this same (city/town/county)?
44.) FAMDIF16: If not living with both own mother and father: What happened?
45.) MAWORK: Did your mother ever work for pay for as long as a year, after she was married?
46.) MAWKBORN: Did she work as long as a year after you were born and before you started first grade?
47.) INCOM16: Compared with American families, is your family income-far below/below avg,avg,above/far above avg
48.) BORN: Were you born in this country?
50.) GRANBORN: Were all of your four grandparents born in this country? If no: How many were born outside the US?
52.) BABIES: Number of members under 6
53.) PRETEEN: Number of members 6 to 12 years
54.) TEENS: Number of members 13 to 17 years old
55.) ADULTS: Number of members over 17 years old
56.) UNRELAT: How many persons in the household are not related to you in any way?
57.) EARNRS: Your family now--those in household related to you…How many in family,inclding self earned $ last yr
99.) SPKATH: Somebody wants to make a speech in your city/town/community against all churches&religion. Allow?
100.) COLATH: Somebody against all churches&religion wants to teach in a college/university.Should be allowed/not?
101.) LIBATH: Author against all churches&relign writes a book against churches/relign.Take out of public library?
102.) SPKRAC: Person believing Blacks genetically inferior,wants to speak in your community claiming this.Allow?
103.) COLRAC: Person believing Blacks genetically inferior,wants to teach in college/university. Allow?
104.) LIBRAC: Author believing Blacks genetically inferior,writes book about it. Take from public library/not?
105.) SPKCOM: A Communist wants to make a speech in your community.Should be allowed to speak/not?
106.) COLCOM: Admitted Communist is teaching in a college. Should he be fired, or not?
107.) LIBCOM: Communist author writes book.Somebody in your community says remove book from public library,remove?
108.) SPKMIL: Person advocating doing away w/elections&let military run country wants to speak in community.Allow?
109.) COLMIL: Person advocating doing away w/elections&let military run country,wants to teach college/university
110.) LIBMIL: Advocate of doing away w/electns&let military run country authors book:Take it out of public library
111.) SPKHOMO: If homosexual wanted to make a speech in your community. Should he be allowed to speak, or not?
112.) COLHOMO: Admitted homosexual? Should such a person be allowed to teach in a college or university, or not?
113.) LIBHOMO: Homosexual author,writes book in favor of homosexuality.Take out of public library or not?
114.) CAPPUN: Do you favor or oppose the death penalty for persons convicted of murder?
122.) COMMUN: Which of these statements comes closest to how you feel about Communism as form of government?
129.) RELIG: Your religious preference? Is it Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, some other religion, or no religion?
132.) JEW: If Jewish: Do you consider yourself Orthodox, Conservative, Reform or none of these?
133.) FUND: Fundamentalism/liberalism of respondent's religion
135.) RELITEN: Call yourself a strong (stated religious preference)/not very strong (stated religious preference)?
136.) POSTLIFE: Do you believe there is a life after death?
139.) NEARGOD: How close you feel to God most of the time-extremely/somewhat/not very close, or not close at all?
140.) MAPA: Where would you place your image of God on the scale for . . . (1) Mother; to (7) Father?
141.) MASTERSP: Where would you place your image of God on the scale for . . . (1) Master; to (7) Spouse?
142.) JUDGELUV: Where would you place your image of God on the scale for . . . (1) Judge; to (7) Lover?
143.) FRNDKING: Where would you place your image of God on the scale for . . . (1) Friend; to (7) King?
144.) RELIG16: In what religion were you raised?
147.) JEW16: If Jewish: Were you Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, or none of these?
148.) FUND16: Fundamentalism/liberalism of religion respondent raised in
149.) SPREL: What is(spouse's)religious preference?Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, some other religion, no religion
152.) SPJEW: Does (s/he) consider (her/himself) Orthodox, Conservative, Reform or none of these?
153.) SPFUND: Fundamentalism/liberalism of religion of spouse
154.) SPREL16: In what religion was your (husband/wife) raised?
157.) SPJEW16: If Jewish: Was (s/he) Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, or none of these?
158.) SPFUND16: Fundamentalism/liberalism of religion spouse raised in
159.) PRAYER: US Supreme Crt ruled no state/local govt may require reading Lord's Prayer/Bible in pub school-View?
160.) BIBLE: Your feeling about the Bible: It is - actual word of God take, inspired word of God or ancient book
163.) RACMAR: Think there should be laws against marriages between (Negroes/ Blacks/ African-Americans) & Whites?
164.) RACSEG: Whites have right to keep(Negroes/Blacks/Afric Amer)out of their neighborhd&they shld respect right?
165.) RACOPEN: Your vote?law-A. Homeowner can decide not to sale to(Negroes/Blacks/AfricAmer), B.Can't refuse race
166.) RACLIVE: Are there any (Negroes/Blacks/African-Americans) living in this neighborhood now?
167.) RACCLOS: Are there any (Negro/Black/African-American) families living close to you?
168.) RACDIS: How many blocks away do they (the[Negro/Black/African Amer]families who live closest to you) live?
169.) RACINTEG: This neighborhood will become all(Negro/Black/African-Amer)in next few yrs/will remain integrated?
170.) RACHOME: Last few yrs,has anyone in your family brought home a (Negro/Black/African-Amer)friend for dinner?
171.) RACFEW: Would object to your children going to school w/a few[Whites/Negroes/Blacks/African-Amer)]children?
172.) RACHAF: Object to your children going to school where 1/2 children are[Whites/(Negroes/Blacks/African-Amer]?
173.) RACMOST: Object to your children going to school where more than 1/2 are[Whites/(Negroes/Blacks/African-Amer]
174.) BUSING: Favor/Oppose busing(Negro/ Black/ African-American)&white school children from 1 district to another
175.) RACPRES: If your party nominated(Negro/Black/African-Amer)for President,would you vote for him if qualified
176.) RACCHURH: Opposite races:Do(Blacks/Negroes/African-Amer)/Whites attend the church you,attend most often,or not
231.) CLASS: Would say you belong in: the lower class, the working class, the middle class, or the upper class?
235.) WKSUB: Do you(does[SPOUSE])have supervisor on(your/their)job to whom you are(he/she/is)directly responsible
236.) WRKSUBS: If yes: Does that person have a supervisor on the job to whom he is directly responsible?
237.) WKSUP: In your(spouse's)job(do you,does he,she)supervise anyone who is directly responsible to(you,him,her)
238.) WKSUPS: If yes: Do any of those persons supervise anyone else?
244.) FEPRES: If your party nominated woman for President,would you vote for her if she were qualified for the job
246.) ABDEFECT: Should be possible for woman to obtain legal abortion if-There's a strong chance of serious defect
247.) ABNOMORE: Should be possible for woman to obtain legal abortion if-She is married&doesn't want more children
248.) ABHLTH: Should be possible for woman to obtain legal abortion if- Pregnancy seriously endangers her health
249.) ABPOOR: Should be possible for woman to obtain legal abortion if- Very low income&can't afford more children
250.) ABRAPE: Should be possible for woman to obtain legal abortion if- She became pregnant as a result of rape?
251.) ABSINGLE: Should be possible for woman to obtain legal abortion if-Not married&does not want to marry the man?
252.) ABANY: Should be possible for woman to obtain legal abortion if- The woman wants it for any reason?
254.) CHLDMORE: Do you expect to have any (more) children?
255.) CHLDNUM: How many (more) [children does respondent expect to have]?
257.) SEXEDUC: Would you be for or against sex education in the public schools?
259.) PREMARSX: How wrong do you think it is for a man&woman have sex before marriage?
260.) TEENSEX: How wrong you think it is for early teens, say 14-16 yrs old, to have sex relations before marriage?
261.) XMARSEX: How wrong you think it is for married person to have sex w/someone other than the marriage partner?
262.) HOMOSEX: How wrong you think sexual relations between two adults of the same sex is?
263.) PORNINF: Porn-books,movies,magazines&photos describing sex,think they: Provide information about sex
264.) PORNMORL: Porn-books,movies,magazines&photos describing sex,think they: Sexual leads to breakdown of morals
265.) PORNRAPE: Porn-books,movies,magazines&photos describing sex,think they:Sexual material leads people to rape
266.) PORNOUT: Porn-books,movies,magazines&photos describing sex,think they: Provide outlet for bottled up impulses
267.) PORNLAW: Feelings about laws re:porn distribution-1) No porn any age 2) None to those under 18yrs 3) No laws
268.) XMOVIE: Have you seen an x-rated movie in the last year?
270.) LETDIE1: Person has incurable disease-doctors should be allowed by law to end patients life if requested
271.) SUICIDE1: Think a person has the right to end his/her own life if this person . . . Has an incurable disease?
272.) SUICIDE2: Think a person has the right to end his or her own life if this person . . . Has gone bankrupt?
273.) SUICIDE3: Person has the right to end his/her own life if this person . . . Has dishonored his or her family?
274.) SUICIDE4: Person has right to end his/her own life if this person . . . Is tired of living and ready to die?
293.) OWNGUN: Do you happen to have in your home (if house: or garage) any guns or revolvers?
294.) PISTOL: Respondent owns gun:A pistol,shotgun,rifle,or what?(each coded as separate question)Is it a pistol
295.) SHOTGUN: Respondent owns gun:A pistol,shotgun,rifle,or what?(each coded as separate question)Is it a shotgun?
296.) RIFLE: Respondent owns gun:A pistol,shotgun,rifle,or what?(each coded as separate question)Is it a rifle?
297.) ROWNGUN: Do any of these guns personally belong to you?
298.) HUNT: Do you (or does your husband/wife) go hunting?
301.) PHONE: May I have your name&(1 of your)telephone number(s) just in case I left something out of interview?
302.) COOP: In general, what was the respondent's attitude toward the interview?
303.) COMPREND: Was respondent's understanding of the questions good, fair or poor?
314.) DIVORCE5: Divorces during the last five years
319.) PADEATH: Death of respondent's father
320.) MADEATH: Death of respondent's mother
321.) CHLDDTH: Death of child or child's spouse
322.) SIBDEATH: Death of sibling or sibling-in-law
323.) SPDEATH: Death of spouse
349.) REBORN: Have been/had "born again" experience--turning point in life when you committed yourself to Christ
377.) INTLTEST: When you started working for present employer, did you…Take intelligence test/personality assessment
378.) SKILTEST: When you started working for present employer did you... Take skills/proficiency test
379.) DRUGTEST: When you started working for present employer, did you... Take a drug or alcohol test?
380.) PHYSICAL: When you started working for present employer, did you... Take a physical examination?
381.) LTRSREF: When you started working for present employer, did you... Supply letters of reference?
405.) OFFSUP: Official part of main job,do you supervise other employees work/tell other employees what work to do
407.) SUPOTHRS: Do any of these people [you supervise] supervise anyone else?
408.) LEVELS: How many levels of supervision are there beneath yours (including the one immediately under you)?
441.) OTHPAY: Do you receive any earnings from your main job in the form of commissions, bonuses, tips,or overtime
445.) FRINGE1: Whether you receive it or not,are you eligible to receive this benefit: Medical/hospital insurance.
446.) FRINGE2: Whether you receive it or not, are you eligible to receive this benefit: Dental Care benefits.
447.) FRINGE3: Whether you receive it or not,are you eligible to receive this benefit: Life insurance.
448.) FRINGE4: Whether you receive it or not,are you eligible to receive this benefit: Sick leave with full pay.
449.) FRINGE5: Whethr receiving it or not,are you eligible for:Maternity/paternity leave w/full re-employmnt rights
450.) FRINGE6: Whether you receive it or not,are you eligible to receive this: Flexible hours/flextime scheduling
451.) FRINGE7: Whether you receive it or not,are you eligible to receive: Cash/stock bonuses for performance/merit
452.) FRINGE8: Whether you receive it or not,are you eligible to receive this benefit:A pension/retirement program.
453.) FRINGE9: Whether you receive it or not,are you eligible to receive this: Profit sharing/stock option program.
454.) FRINGE10: Whether you receive it or not,are you eligible to receive:Info re:child care services in community
455.) FRINGE11: Whether you receive it or not,are you eligible to receive:Assistance w/costs of day care for childrn
464.) WHEREWRK: When doing your job,usually do it in one place (like same street address)/several different places?
465.) FINDOUT: On any given day, is there some place where you find out where you will be working?
466.) BASEOFOP: Do you have any kind of base of operations at all?
472.) JOBSALL: Should/Should not be the government's responsibility to- Provide a job for everyone who wants one.
474.) FAMSUFFR: Do you agree or disagree- All in all, family life suffers when the woman has a full-time job.
475.) HUBBYWRK: Agree/Disagree- A husband's job is to earn money; a wife's job is to look after the home&family.
480.) PREMARS1: Do you think it is wrong or not wrong if a man and a woman have sexual relations before marriage?
481.) XMARSEX1: What about a married person having sexual relations w/someone other than his/her husband/wife,is it
482.) HOMOSEX1: What about sexual relations between two adults of the same sex, is it . . .
483.) ABDEFCT1: Should law allow a woman to obtain legal abortion- If there's a strong chance of serious defect
484.) ABPOOR1: Should law allow a woman to obtain legal abortion-If family low income&can't afford any more childrn
485.) ABDEFCTW: Think it's wrong/not wrong for woman to have abortion- If there is a strong chance of serious defect
486.) ABPOORW: Wrong/Not wrong for a woman to have abortion-If family very low income&can't afford more children
487.) TAXCHEAT: Wrong/Not wrong if- A taxpayer does not report all of his income in order to pay less income taxes.
488.) GOVCHEAT: Wrong/Not wrong-Person gives govt incorrect info about himself to get govt benefits not entited to
489.) CONCONG: How much confidence do you have in . . . U.S. Congress?
490.) CONBIZ: How much confidence do you have in . . . Business and industry?
491.) CONGOVT: How much confidence do you have in . . . Government departments?
492.) CONCHURH: How much confidence do you have in . . . Churches and religious organizations?
493.) CONCOURT: How much confidence do you have in . . . Courts and legal system?
494.) CONSCHLS: How much confidence do you have in . . . Schools and the educational system?
495.) POLSGOD: Agree/Disagree- Politicians who do not believe in God are unfit for public office.
496.) CLERGVTE: Agree/Disagree- Religious leaders should not try to influence how people vote in elections.
497.) RELIGPUB: Agree/Disagree- Better for America if more people with strong religious beliefs held public office.
498.) CLERGGOV: Agree/Disagree- Religious leaders should not try to influence government decisions.
499.) CHURHPOW: Think churches and religious organizations in this country have too much power or too little power?
500.) GODCHNGE: Which best describes your beliefs about God?
501.) AFTERLIF: Do you believe in... Life after death
502.) DEVIL: Do you believe in. . . The Devil
503.) HEAVEN: Do you believe in. . . Heaven
504.) HELL: Do you believe in. . . Hell
505.) MIRACLES: Do you believe in. . . Religious miracles
506.) BIBLE1: Which of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible:
507.) THEISM: Agree/Disagree- A. There is a God who concerns Himself with every human being personally.
508.) FATALISM: Agree/Disagree- B. There is little that people can do to change the course of their lives.
509.) GODMEANS: Agree/Disagree- C. To me, life is meaningful only because God exists.
510.) NIHILISM: Do you agree or disagree with the following- D. In my opinion, life does not serve any purpose.
511.) PREDETER: Do you agree or disagree with the following- E. The course of our lives is decided by God.
512.) EGOMEANS: Do you agree/adisagree w/following- F. Life is only meaningful if you provide the meaning yourself.
513.) OWNFATE: Do you agree or disagree with the following- G. We each make our own fate.
514.) RELEXPER: Ever been a turning point in your life when you made a new and personal commitment to religion?
529.) SCHLPRAY: In your opinion, should there be daily prayers in all public schools?
530.) GODRIGHT: Agree/Disgree with the following statements- A. Right and wrong should be based on God's laws.
531.) SOCRIGHT: Agree/Disagree with the following statements- B. Right and wrong should be decided by society.
532.) PERRIGHT: Agree/Disagree with the following- C. Right and wrong should be a matter of personal conscience.
533.) ANTIREL: Should books and films that attack religions be prohibited by law or should they be allowed?
555.) SUISEX: Person you knew best that has committed suicide: Was person male/female
556.) SUIAGE: Person you knew best that has committed suicide: Was (he/she)…
557.) SUIRACE: Person you knew best that has committed suicide:Person's race?Was it Black, White, Hispanic,or other
570.) MATESEX: Was one of the partners your husband or wife or regular sexual partner?
571.) FRNDSEX: If you had other partners, please indicate all categories that apply to them: Close personal friend
572.) ACQNTSEX: Other partners you've had,categories applying to them:Neighbor, Co-Worker, or long-term acquaintance
573.) PIKUPSEX: If you had other partners, please indicate all categories that apply to them: Casual date or pick-up
574.) PAIDSEX: If you had other partners, please indicate all categories that apply to them:Person you paid for sex
575.) OTHERSEX: If you had other partners, please indicate all categories that apply to them: Other
576.) SEXSEX: Have your sex partners in the last 12 months been exclusively male,male&female,exclusively female.
583.) SEXSEX5: Have your sex partners in the last five years been...
584.) EVPAIDSX: Time since your 18th birthday,have you ever had sex with a person you paid/who paid you for sex?
585.) EVSTRAY: Have you ever had sex with someone other than your husband or wife while you were married?
643.) POVLINE: Poverty Status of Household
644.) INCDEF: Income deficit of household
651.) ETHNUM: Number of ethnicities named and picked
656.) SPETHNUM: Number of ethnicities named and picked for spouse
657.) VETYEARS: Ever been on active duty for military training/service mos/more?If yes:Your tot time on active duty
659.) DWELOWN: (Do you/Does your family) own your (home/apartment), pay rent, or what?
731.) HHRACE: Race of household
732.) RESPNUM: Number in family of respondent
735.) FAMGEN: Number of family generations in household
737.) RVISITOR: Is respondent a visitor?
738.) VISITORS: Number of visitors in household
759.) I-AGE: Respondent's age (Recoded for use with online analysis)
760.) I-ATTEND: How often do you attend religious services? (Recoded for use with online analysis)
761.) I-EDUC: Respondent's Degree (Recoded for use with online analysis)
762.) I-GENDER: Code respondent's sex (for use with online analysis)
763.) I-RELIGION: Religs preference?Protestant,Catholic,Jewish,othr religion/none (Recoded for use w/online analysis)
765.) I-RACE: What race do you consider yourself? (for use with online analysis)