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Detroit Area Study, 1996: Social Interaction and Survey Participation (ICPSR 3575)

Principal Investigator(s): Deskins, Donald; Singer, Eleanor; Groves, Robert


For this survey, respondents from three counties in the Detroit, Michigan, area were queried about their social attitudes, racial attitudes, religion, community participation, and personal interactions. With respect to social attitudes, respondents' views were elicited on education, taxes, community service, participating in surveys, and privacy issues. Other questions closely examined respondents' attitudes toward African Americans in the Detroit area. Those queried were also asked to name community organizations they belonged to, and to list where in the Detroit area they went for shopping, medical care, entertainment, and recreation. Additional questions asked for detailed educational background information, religious attitudes, and place of worship. Background information includes marital status, employment, political orientation, and income.

Series: Detroit Area Studies Series

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Study Description


Deskins, Donald, Eleanor Singer, and Robert Groves. Detroit Area Study, 1996: Social Interaction and Survey Participation. ICPSR03575-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2003. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03575.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03575.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    cities, community organizations, community participation, economic behavior, family life, racial attitudes, religious attitudes, religious behavior, social attitudes, social behavior

Geographic Coverage:    Detroit, Michigan, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1996

Date of Collection:   

  • 1996

Universe:    Residents 18 years and older in the tri-county area (Wayne, Oakland and Macomb) of Michigan.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Removed a broken link in the Summary field on October 4, 2017.


Sample:    A multistage area probability sample of housing units in the Michigan counties of Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb. The sample was restricted to adults 18 years of age and older.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   2003-09-16

Version History:

  • 2005-12-15 On 2005-08-15 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-12-15 to reflect these additions.

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