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Los Angeles County Social Survey, 1994 (LACSS) (ICPSR 36598)

Alternate Title:   LACSS 1994

Principal Investigator(s): Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Science Research, University of California, Los Angeles

Summary:

The Los Angeles County Social Survey (LACSS) continues the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area Studies (LAMAS) and the Southern California Social Surveys (SCSS). The LACSS is part of a continuing annual research project supported by the Institute for Social Science Research at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Each year a University of California researcher is given an opportunity to be principal investigator and to use a segment of the LACSS for his or her own research.

The LACSS 1994 was conducted between April and July of 1994. Los Angeles County residents were asked questions concerning their attitudes and views of living in Los Angeles, the economy, neighborhoods, public services, and political views. It also includes segments regarding views on immigration, hiring practices, and ethnic identity and relations. A split ballot methodology was utilized concerning topics of affirmative action and immigration. Respondents were randomly selected to answer a series of questions from one of two ballots concerning economic conditions; and three ballots about ethnic relations. Questionnaires were provided in both English and Spanish languages.

Demographic information collected includes race, gender, age, religion, political party affiliation and ideology, education level, occupation, birth place, and origin of ancestry.

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Study Description

Citation

Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Science Research, University of California, Los Angeles. Los Angeles County Social Survey, 1994 (LACSS). ICPSR36598-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2016-12-05. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36598.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36598.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    African Americans, communities, demographic statistics, ethnic groups, ethnic identity, Hispanic or Latino Americans, immigration, minorities, racial integration, racial tensions, social attitudes, social conflict, social integration

Smallest Geographic Unit:    None

Geographic Coverage:    California, Los Angeles, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1994

Date of Collection:   

  • 1994-04-25--1994-07-28

Unit of Observation:    Individual

Universe:    Households with telephones in Los Angeles County

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

ICPSR removed variables ZIPCODE and INVWTIME (time interview completed) from the data to prevent disclosure risk. Additionally, ICPSR is not disseminating plain text open ended "other" responses.

Methodology

Study Purpose:    The primary purpose of the Los Angeles Count Social Survey (LACSS) is to provide the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the local community with information about the opinions and attitudes of Los Angeles County residents on a wide range of topics. The study sought to survey a representative sample of adults in Los Angeles County. The LACSS also provides UCLA undergraduate and graduate students wit the experience of collecting survey research data.

Study Design:    The 1994 LACSS was designed to sample subpopulations disproportionately to insure that a sufficient number of interviews for analysis would be completed with African American, Latino, and Asian American respondents. This was accomplished by drawing oversamples from areas with high concentrations of African American and Asian American telephone households. As a result, telephone numbers from these oversamples had a disproportionately better chance of being selected into the sample than those respondents living in telephone households outside the oversample areas. The sample of respondents is a random digit dial sample of all telephone households in Los Angeles County and contains over samples of African American, and Asian American households. Respondents were randomly selected to answer a series of questions from one of two ballots concerning economic conditions; and three ballots about ethnic relations.

Sample:    A random digit dial sample of telephone households in Los Angeles County was called, and interviews were completed with adult respondents. These respondents were selected in a two-stage process. First, telephone households were randomly selected. Then, one adult from each eligible household was selected to do an interview. In addition, and oversample of African American and Asian American telephone households was drawn from areas in Los Angeles County.

Time Method:    Cross-sectional , Longitudinal: Trend / Repeated Cross-section

Weight:    The data are not weighted and no weight variables are present in the collection.

Mode of Data Collection:    computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI), telephone interview

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Created online analysis version with question text.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

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Original ICPSR Release:   2016-12-05

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