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In this edition: 50 years after the Summer of Love
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The summer of 1967 still stands in the popular imagination as a turning point. The social changes that had been building over the previous decade finally exploded, leaving the country forever changed. Fifty years later, a look at public opinion during this turbulent period showcases the depth and breadth of the Roper Center archive.

Click the links below to explore the content we've shared on our blog over the last few weeks, covering everything from growing racial tensions to the Vietnam War to the hippie subculture and its promotion of free love.
Public Support for Vietnam
In Vietnam, no one called 1967 the Summer of Love. Despite typical reported casualty ratios of 10-1 in American favor, as the year wore on the rising casualties and lack of demonstrable victories began to erode the public’s support for both the war and the president.
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Public Opinion & Premarital Sex
During the Summer of Love, young people outraged their elders with unconventional clothes, music, and belief in free sexual expression. Polling from the time suggests “free love” was indeed antithetical to the majority's view of marriage and sex. But the poll questions themselves also reveal an openness about sexuality in the 1960s that anticipated major changes in public attitudes.
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1967's Long, Hot Summer
Over 150 riots fueled by racial tensions erupted in American cities in 1967, an escalation of the outbreaks that had occurred over the previous years. The public response to these events, as recorded in public polling from the period, underscored the racial divisions in the country.
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1967 in the States

Vietnam, race, the Middle East, elections: The hot topics in the 1967 national polls were also reflected at the state level.
1967 Abroad

Public opinion on family planning and sexual health saw huge changes in 1967. Explore opinions from majority-Catholic countries as well as the U.S.
Changing Opinions on the Draft

Although young protesters were the most vocal in their dissatisfaction with the draft, 1967 polls show that the public overall had concerns about how the draft was implemented.
Six-City Study on Violence

See the October 1966-March 1967 Lemberg Center poll that interviewed residents of Boston, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Akron, Dayton, and San Francisco about race and violence.
Young People's Opinions on Russia

The Cold War showed no signs of thaw in 1967. Explore a special Gallup Poll of College Students’ Views on Russia.
Visit our blog for more data-focused content, new additions to the archive and regular updates and news from the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research.
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