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Detroit Area Study, 1964: The Measurement and Validation of International Attitudes (ICPSR 7403)

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This data collection measures the feelings and attitudes of 558 adults in the Detroit metropolitan area about other nations and what should be done in the world in 1964. Respondents were questioned extensively about their sources of information, the media, their political activities, and their organizational memberships. They were asked about the quality of information they received from the news media, their knowledge of foreign affairs, their feelings about developing nations, the United Nations and its role in aiding political, social, and economic development in developing nations, United States' assistance to developing nations, the admission of communist China to the United Nations, effects of atomic weapons build-up on world peace, the United States' military-industrial complex, and disarmament agreements between the United States and Russia. Respondents were also asked to assess the goals that the United States should have in dealing with other countries, and the domestic sources of influence on United States' foreign policy. Information was also elicited on respondents' political activism, such as demonstrations, petition-signing, support of political action groups, voting behavior, and political party affiliation, and memberships and participation in clubs and organizations. Demographic variables specify age, sex, race, place of birth, nationality, education, marital status, religion, length of residence in the Detroit area, family income, occupation, place and length of military service, and foreign contacts.

More information about the Detroit Area Studies Project is available on this Web site.

Series: Detroit Area Studies Series

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Study Description


Hefner, Robert, and Sheldon Levy. Detroit Area Study, 1964: The Measurement and Validation of International Attitudes. ICPSR07403-v3. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2001.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   cities, cultural attitudes, developing nations, disarmament, economic behavior, families, family life, foreign affairs, foreign policy, international relations, news media, political affiliation, political attitudes, political participation

Geographic Coverage:   Detroit, Michigan, United States

Time Period:  

  • 1964

Date of Collection:  

  • 1964

Data Types:   survey data


Sample:   A total of 558 adults in the Detroit metropolitan area in 1964.

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 consistency checks.
  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.


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Version History:

  • 2011-11-22 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.

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