ERIC Number: ED355049
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-May
Reference Count: N/A
The Public Mind: Views of Pennsylvania Citizens. Smoking, Abortion, Education, Term Limits, Welfare Reform, Health Insurance, Riverboat Gambling.
Mansfield Univ., PA. Rural Services Inst.
This report presents the annual survey of public opinion in Pennsylvania. Telephone surveys were conducted with 1,744 people whose telephone numbers were randomly selected from all listed telephone numbers. Results of the survey indicate that: (1) Pennsylvanians strongly favor mandatory birth control counseling for welfare mothers, but opinion is split on other proposals for welfare reform; (2) 88 percent of respondents support inclusion of the word "addictive" on cigarette warning labels and the majority support bans on cigarette advertising and vending machines; (3) 70 percent agree that women should have the right to choose abortion but also support specific restrictions such as informing the husband and parental notification; (4) 75 percent of respondents favor giving parents the right to choose the public school within the school district for their child to attend and the majority supports continued use of state funds to aid private colleges and universities; and (5) respondents also favor laws to provide health insurance for children under 6 years, require employers to provide employees health insurance, and limit legislators' terms. This document contains data tables and figures presenting frequencies distributions of respondents' sociodemographic variables by survey questions. Appendices include regional and urban-rural classification of Pennsylvania and the demographic characteristics of participants. (LP)
Descriptors: Attitude Measures, Demography, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Political Issues, Public Opinion, Public Support, Rural Education, Rural Urban Differences, Social Problems, Telephone Surveys
Rural Services Institute (RSI), Mansfield University, 209 Doane Center, Mansfield, PA 16933 ($10).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mansfield Univ., PA. Rural Services Inst.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania