Members of the John Birch Society, as represented by this California sample, differ in many ways from the usual image of the radical rightist. They are for the most part, well-educated, reasonably young individuals with substantial family incomes. The men are employed in upper-status occupations, although they are rarely self-employed. This picture does not fit the prototype of an older, less well-educated person of lower-income and occupational status. The major apparent parallel is the tendency toward membership in fundamentalist religious groups.
Barbara S. Stone is an Associate Professor and Chairman of the Department of Political Science, California State University, Fullerton.