Anti-Semitism in the United States, 1964

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The primary focus of this study was the examination of various religious and personal attitudes, beliefs and actions that can contribute to anti-Semitic feelings. The respondents were asked to give opinions about Communists, various atypical groups and persons, simplistic or controversial statements, and Jews from many different perspectives, as well as information on magazines read, organizational memberships, recognition of public figures, religious denomination and beliefs, personal and family background, and political positions. The interviewers were then asked questions about the respondents. The final third of the variables in this study are scales, indices and recodes derived from the original questions asked of the respondents. The main research objective was to assess the personal and social participation or alienation of the respondents and then create scales and indices to determine the degree of the respondents' anti-Semitism and the factors contributing to it.

Data File
Cases: 1,975
Variables: 418
Weight Variable: None
Data Collection
Date Collected:
Funded By
The Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith
Collection Procedures
Personal Interview
Sampling Procedures
Sample and Population:
A sample of 2,000 adults was drawn, some from each state, to represent the national population adequately. After the sample was chosen at random down to block level, quotas were used for the final selection of the respondents to balance age and sex and to find additional employed women. In all, 1,975 personal interviews of an hour's duration were actually completed using a set questionnaire; this requested information about the respondents' religious, personal, and political beliefs and about many facets of his or her life-style. The 61 Jewish respondents plus two additional cases were later omitted from analysis but were retained in computation of the frequencies which are given for each code value. These respondents are coded as either "Inap." or as "Missing" data. The final number of cases that can be used for analysis, if choosing not to include these respondents, is 1,913.
Principal Investigators
Charles Glock
Gertrude Selznick
Rodney Stark
Stephen Steinberg
Related Publications
Selznick, Gertrude and Stephen Steinberg (1969). The Tenacity of Prejudice: Anti-Semitism in Contemporary America. New York, Harper & Row.

Stark, Rodney and Charles Y. Glock (1968). American Piety: The Nature of Religious Commitment. Berkeley: University of California Press.


Glock, Charles Y. and Rodney Stark. (1966) Christian Beliefs and Anti-Semitism. New York: Harper Row. Republished 1979: Greenwood Press
Rank of Service Occupations--detailed codes for VAR209 (SERVRANK).
Rank "A" Service Workers:
Barbers
Firemen and Fire Protection
Cooks other than private
Workers
Household
Marshalls and Constables
Midwives
Military except O.F.R.
Practical Nurses (note: nurse's aides are not included)
Officers
Policemen and Detectives
Sheriffs and Bailiffs
Hairdressers and Cosmetologists
Also coded in Rank "A" - service workers who supervise others, such as Chief Housekeepers, Head Waiters, Head Ushers, etc.

Rank "B" Service Workers:
Attendants hospitals and other (e.g., Nurse's Aides)
Counter and Fountain Workers
Elevator Operators
Housekeepers and Stewards
Bartenders
Ushers recreation and amusement
Boarding and Lodging
Housekeepers and Stewards (except private household)
Waiters and Waitresses

Rank "C" Service Workers:
Babysitters private
Charwomen and Cleaners
Janitors and Sextons
Housekeepers private
Kitchen Workers (N.E.C.)
Laundresses private
Porters
Guards, Watchmen, and Doorkeepers
Other private household
Bootblacks
Watchmen (crossing) and Bridge Tenders
Chambermaids and Maids
Farm Managers and Proprietors
Farm Laborers and Foremen
Farm Laborers
Farm Foremen
Farm Service Laborers
Farm Laborers wage workers self-employed