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Public Attitudes Toward Lawyers and Legal Disputes, 1993: [United States] (ICPSR 6403)

Principal Investigator(s): Miethe, Terance D.


This data collection examines public attitudes, opinions, and experiences with respect to lawyers and legal disputes and the effects that prior experiences have on the future likelihood of using the law to settle disputes. Variables refer to types and outcomes of legal disputes, selection of lawyers, gender and age of lawyers, number of contacts, size of legal firms, the extent of services the lawyers provided to clients, and the behavior of lawyers. The unit of analysis is the individual.

Access Notes

  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.


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Study Description


Miethe, Terance D. PUBLIC ATTITUDES TOWARD LAWYERS AND LEGAL DISPUTES, 1993: [UNITED STATES]. ICPSR ed. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [producer and distributor], 1995.

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This study was funded by:

  • National Science Foundation (SES 9296170)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    attitudes, attorneys, legal representation, public opinion

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1993

Date of Collection:   

  • 1993-03--1993-04

Universe:    Adults in the United States living in households with telephones in 1993.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    Proportionate sample stratified (by United States time zone) using random-digit dialing.

Data Source:

telephone interviews

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:

  • Performed consistency checks.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1995-06-06

Version History:

  • 2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 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 2005-11-04 to reflect these additions.

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