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Energy Crisis Attitudes and Conservation Behavior in the United States, April-May 1980 [electronic resource]

United States Department of Energy
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Ann Arbor, Mich. Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor] 1984
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This data collection contains information reflecting public attitudes toward energy and related issues in the United States in the spring of 1980. The objective of the study was to enable the Department of Energy to establish a benchmark to gauge the impact of energy conservation communications efforts. Data were gathered via personal interviews, and respondents were asked where energy ranked in a list of 42 problems Americans saw confronting the nation at the time. In addition to measuring concern about energy, the survey gathered information on attitudes toward the cost of gasoline, actions respondents took to reduce gasoline consumption (e.g., driving less, purchasing more fuel efficient car, and consolidating trips), their use of public transportation, whether they carpooled, how often tire inflation was checked, and frequency of engine tune ups. The survey also sought to identify the leading sources from which respondents received information on improving gasoline mileage, such as employers, auto clubs, oil company advertising, local auto-oriented merchants, stories in the news media, unions, and local, state, and federal governments. Demographic information includes respondent's age, sex, race, marital status, whether respondent was the head of the household, occupation, part- or full-time work status (if female), union membership, last school grade completed, religious affiliation, household and individual incomes, political party preference, and political ideology.
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