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Survey of Public Interest Group Members, 1982 (ICPSR 8284)

Principal Investigator(s): Cook, Constance Ewing, Albion College


This data collection examines the attitudes of Michigan members of Common Cause, the American Civil Liberties Union, the League of Women Voters, and the Conservative Caucus. The data file is comprised of four components, one for each public interest group -- thus, each respondent may have up to four records one for each interest group. Each component contains the same 29 variables. Respondents were queried regarding their reasons for joining the organizations, level of activism, level of satisfaction with the group, plans for membership renewal, knowledge of the group's issues, and extent of involvement in organizational issues. Gender, age, education, and occupation of the members are also included in the data.

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Study Description


Cook, Constance Ewing. Survey of Public Interest Group Members, 1982. ICPSR08284-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1984. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08284.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08284.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    activism, advocacy, citizen participation, lobbying, memberships, public interest groups, social values, special interest groups, public policy

Geographic Coverage:    Michigan, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1982

Universe:    Michigan members of Common Cause, the American Civil Liberties Union, the League of Women Voters, and the Conservative Caucus.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    The data were collected by sending mail questionnaires to 250 randomly selected members of the public interest groups listed in the universe.

Data Source:

mailback questionnaires


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-11-13

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