Accession Number : AD0687381

Title :   CIVIL DEFENSE FAVORABILITY: A CRITICAL ANALYSIS.

Descriptive Note : Summary rept.,

Corporate Author : PITTSBURGH UNIV PA DEPT OF SOCIOLOGY

Personal Author(s) : Myers,Howard P.

Report Date : JUL 1968

Pagination or Media Count : 46

Abstract : By locating people in terms of a distinction between civil defense favorability as a social prescription and civil defense favorability as a social issue, it was possible to specify tendencies in terms of the variables that were the foci of this analysis. Highly informed people who disagreed that the powers of the Federal Government are excessive showed tendencies to observe social prescriptions (took protective steps in the case of nuclear attack) and to support social issues (favored the building of fallout shelters). Lowly informed people who agreed that the powers are excessive showed just the opposite tendencies. People who were highly informed but who agreed and people who were lowly informed but who disagreed showed mixed tendencies. For the latter, support for shelter building was largely a conventionalized response. For the former, opposition was not a reflection of defiance towards a particular social institution. It was the articulation of a position in which a certain controversy was perceived. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*CIVIL DEFENSE, *PUBLIC OPINION), STATISTICAL ANALYSIS, PROTECTION, NUCLEAR EXPLOSIONS, FALLOUT SHELTERS, SOCIOLOGY, ATTITUDES(PSYCHOLOGY)

Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
      Civil Defense

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE