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PRRI-MTV 2017 National Youth Survey




Jones, R. P., Cox, D., Fisch-Friedman, M., & Vandermaas-Peeler, A. (2021, September 15). PRRI-MTV 2017 National Youth Survey.


The Public Religion Research Institute/MTV 2017 National Youth Survey explores youth attitudes towards the current cultural and political climate. It includes questions about perceptions of and experiences with discrimination and bias toward groups such as Muslims, transgender people, and women, and evaluates whether young people believe discrimination towards these groups is increasing, decreasing, or remains the same. It examines the different policy priorities of America's youth, including free speech, race relations, LGBT rights, and gender discrimination, and it assesses young people's views of political and civic engagement. The survey also looks at young Americans' perceptions of pressure to conform to masculine or feminine identities.

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Data File

Cases: 2023
Variables: 241
Weight Variable: WEIGHTSAMPLE

Data Collection

July 19 - Aug. 3, 2017

Original Survey (Instrument)

PRRI-MTV 2017 National Youth Survey

Funded By

Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI)

Collection Procedures

The PRRI/MTV 2017 National Youth Survey was conducted by PRRI in partnership with MTV among a random sample of 2,023 young people age 15 to 24 who are part of the Growth from Knowledge (GfK) YouthPulse panel. Interviews were conducted online in both English and Spanish between July 19 - Aug. 3, 2017.

Sampling Procedures

The initial sample drawn from the Youth Pulse panel was adjusted using pre-stratification weights so that it approximates the overall population (15-to-24-year-olds) in the U.S. defined by the latest Current Population Survey. Next, a probability proportional to size (PPS) sampling scheme was used to select a representative sample. Once assigned to the survey, panel participants received an email notification reminder on day four, seven and twelve of the field period.

The YouthPulse panel is a nationally representative probability sample of teens and young adults age 15 to 24 years old. Panelists are recruited by randomly selecting residential addresses using a process called address-based sampling (ABS). Participants under the age of 18 were included in the panel following the receipt of parental consent. Unlike opt-in panels, households are not permitted to "self-select" into the panel; and are generally limited to how many surveys they can take within a given time period.

The margin of error for the overall survey is +/- 2.7 percentage points at the 95 percent level of confidence. The design effect for the survey is 1.6. For a full list of sample sizes for racial and ethnic subgroups see Table 1 in the Appendix of the original codebook. In addition to sampling error, surveys may also be subject to error or bias due to question wording, context and order effects.

Principal Investigators

Robert P. Jones, Daniel Cox, Molly Fisch-Friedman and Alex Vandermaas-Peeler

Related Publications

Jones, Robert P., Daniel Cox, Molly Fisch-Friedman and Alex Vandermaas-Peeler. "Diversity, Division, Discrimination: The State of Young America" PRRI. 2017.

Carolyn J. Davis, and Molly Fisch-Friedman. "Young Americans Increasingly Flexible About Gender Expression, See Connections Between Gender and Violence" PRRI. 2018.

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