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Economic Values Survey, 1992




Wuthnow, R. (2020, April 16). Economic Values Survey, 1992.


This is a survey of participants in the U.S. labor force. Nearly 100 social scientists, religion specialists and historians were asked to solicit topics to be included in the survey. "This sample is intended to be representative of the active labor force age eighteen and over living in the continental United States" (Wuthnow 1994, 270).

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Data File

Cases: 2013
Variables: 479
Weight Variable: WEIGHT

Data Collection

February and March 1992

Collection Procedures

In-person interviews conducted by the Gallup Organization

Sampling Procedures

"The design is that of a replicated probability sample down to the block level in the case of urban areas, and to segments of townships in the case of rural areas. The sample design includes stratification size-of-community strata, using 1990 census data...Each of these strata are further stratified into four geographic regions: East, Midwest, South and West. Within each city-sized regional stratum, the population is arrayed in geographic order and zoned into equal-sized groups of sampling units. Pairs of localities are selected in each zone, with probability of selection and each locality proportional to its population size in the most current U.S. census, producing two replicated samples of localities. Within each subdivision so selected for which block statistics are available, a sample of blocks or block clusters is drawn with probability of selection proportional to the number of dwelling units.

In all other subdivisions or areas, blocks or segments are drawn at random or with equal probability. In each cluster of blocks and each segment so selected, a randomly selected starting point is designated on the interviewer's map of the area. Starting at this point, interviewers are required to follow a given direction in the selection of households until their assignment is completed" (Wuthnow 1994, 270-271).

Principal Investigators

Robert Wuthnow

Related Publications

Wuthnow, Robert (1994). God and Mammon in America. The Free Press: New York.


"The sample of completed interviews was weighted to bring the demographic characteristics of the final sample into alignment with actual demographic characteristics of the continental U.S. adult labor force population. The weighting procedure used demographic and regional parameters from the U.S. Census Bureau's Current Population Survey as target parameters to bring the final sample of completed interviews into alignment with the regional distribution of population and the age, sex education, and race distributions of the continental U.S. population of employed adults" (Wuthnow 1994, 270).

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