Principal Investigator(s): University of Michigan. Survey Research Center. Economic Behavior Program
This survey was undertaken to assess consumer sentiment and buying plans as well as views on price fluctuations. Open-ended questions were asked concerning evaluations and expectations about personal finances, employment, recession, price changes, and the national business situation. Additional variables probe respondents' buying intentions for a house, automobiles, appliances, and other consumer durables, and respondents' appraisals of present market conditions for purchasing houses and other durables. Other variables probe respondents' assessments of their financial status relative to the previous year, their satisfaction with their savings, and their opinions on penalties for marijuana use, public speeches against democracy, communism and free speech, degree of government control of local education, causes of crime and lawlessness, gun permit law, public officials' responsiveness to public opinion, United States' intervention in the world's trouble spots, the comparative effect of a Democratic president and a Republican president on the economy, air pollution, and the relative value of small and standard full-size cars. Information is also provided on respondents' monetary debts, previous and future planned vacation trips, and car ownership and the plans to buy a new one. Demographic variables provide information on respondents' age, sex, race, marital status, education, occupation, employment status, and income.
University of Michigan, Survey Research Center, Economic Behavior Program. SURVEY OF CONSUMER ATTITUDES AND BEHAVIOR, WINTER 1976. Ann Arbor, MI: Survey Research Center [producer], 1976. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1978. doi:10.3886/ICPSR07543.v1
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07543.v1
Scope of Study
Subject Terms: air pollution, automobile ownership, automobiles, communism, consumer attitudes, consumer behavior, consumer expectations, consumer expenditures, disposable income, durable goods, economic conditions, employment, freedom of speech, gun regulation, household appliances, housing costs, inflation, interest rates, marijuana, national economy, personal finances, price fluctuations, purchasing, recession, savings
Geographic Coverage: United States
Universe: All families living in continental United States dwelling units, exclusive of those on military reservations.
Data Types: survey data
Data Collection Notes:
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Sample: One respondent from each family unit in the dwellings sampled, usually the head of the family, or the wife. The dwelling units were selected by area probability sampling from primary sampling units. For each dwelling unit in the sample, an interview was sought with a respondent from the primary family and from each secondary family (if any). The head of the family (usually the husband) was the preferred respondent, but the wife could substitute if the head was not readily available.
personal interviews and telephone interviews
Original ICPSR Release: 1984-05-11
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