Public Policy Opinion and the Elderly, 1952-1978: A Kaleidoscope of Culture
John E. Tropman examines older Americans and public policy opinion between 1952 and 1978 in order to see just where elder citizens fit in the overall picture. Differences and similarities to opinions of younger groups are discussed along with the changes that took place from the conservative fifties to the liberal sixties and early seventies and back again to the conservatism of the late seventies.
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Such a perspective suggests little variation in response to the substance of
questions. I did not find this to be true. There is also the matter of what it is that is
actually changing. Do individuals in fact change with age, or, as Abramson (1976
The nature of this question spans three of our value realms: equity-adequacy,
public-private, and struggle-entitlement. The "fair" treatment part suggests equity.
The government part suggests public. The focus upon blacks suggests
and Government Job. This suggests that the private orientation is tied both to a
wish for government to do less and to a sense of removal from it. These two
factors, which emerge with reasonable clarity throughout the analysis period,
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