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Detroit Area Study, 1989: Political Participation in the Detroit Area (ICPSR 6410)

Principal Investigator(s): Rosenstone, Steven J.


The 1989 Detroit Area Study is a social, economic, and political profile of the tri-county Detroit area (Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties). This study addresses fundamental issues of inequality and explores the public's views on crime, education, class, and race. Assessments of the nature and extent of citizen involvement in these community problems and issues are included. A substantial part of the study is devoted to a detailed examination of the extent of racial segregation in the tri-county area, with particular attention to the gap between Blacks and whites in economic resources, vulnerability to crime, assessments of community problems, and political participation. Demographic characteristics of respondents include marital status, education, age, race, sex, employment status, union membership, and income.

Series: Detroit Area Studies Series

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Study Description


Rosenstone, Steven J. Detroit Area Study, 1989: Political Participation in the Detroit Area. ICPSR06410-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1997.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    cities, citizen participation, community power, crime, economic behavior, education, families, family life, political attitudes, political efficacy, political participation, public opinion, racial attitudes, racial segregation, social inequality, social stratification

Geographic Coverage:    Detroit, Michigan, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1989

Date of Collection:   

  • 1989 (April 22 and August 31)

Universe:    Residents 18 years and older in the Michigan counties of Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    The statistically random sample was drawn in several stages. The tri-county area (Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties) was divided into 9,522 segments, each comprising a census block or group of contiguous census blocks. A subset of these segments was randomly selected and within each segment the housing units in which interviews were to be conducted were selected. The sample was restricted to private households. People residing in military establishments, hospitals, religious and educational institutions, hotels and large rooming houses, or who were homeless were excluded from the sample. The total sample of 916 respondents was comprised of two components: a core tri-county sample of 466 people, and a supplement of an additional 450 residents of the city of Detroit. Women, Blacks, the poor, voters, and the young are slightly overrepresented in the sample.

Data Source:

personal 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 recodes and/or calculated derived variables.

Restrictions: To preserve respondent confidentiality, certain identifying variables are restricted from general dissemination. Aggregations of this information for statistical purposes that preserve the anonymity of individual respondents can be obtained from ICPSR in accordance with existing servicing policies.


Original ICPSR Release:   1995-10-12

Version History:

  • 1997-09-11 The data file and SPSS data definition statements have been revised. Also, the codebook and data collection instrument are now available as PDF files, and SAS data definition statements and an SPSS export file were added.

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