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Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior, Fall 1962 (ICPSR 3626) RSS

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This survey was undertaken to assess consumer sentiment and buying plans, as well as to provide information on the geographic mobility of adults and families. Open-ended questions were asked concerning evaluations and expectations about price changes, the unemployment problem, recession, and the national business situation. Questions were also asked on travel, reasons for travel, cost, mode of transportation, and vacation place preference. Other questions focused on welfare, state or local government aid or assistance, respondents' pension plans, savings, self-perceived class status, United States citizenship, type of house and neighborhood lived in, political party identification, voting behavior, and the degree of respondents' interest in politics. Information was also obtained on respondents' attitudes toward various forms of savings and various types of employment agencies. Additional variables probe respondents' buying intentions for a house, automobiles, appliances, and other consumer durables, as well as respondents' appraisals of present market conditions for purchasing these items. Other variables probe respondents' opinions of the Cold War between the former Soviet Union and the West and its effect on business conditions in the United States, as well as their assessment of their financial status relative to the previous year. Demographic variables provide information on actual and expected family size, age, marital status, sex, race, place of birth, education, occupation, family income, and religion.

Series: Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior Series

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University of Michigan, Survey Research Center, Economic Behavior Program. SURVEY OF CONSUMER ATTITUDES AND BEHAVIOR, FALL 1962. ICPSR version. Ann Arbor, MI: Institute for Social Research, Social Science Archive [producer], 1974. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2000. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03626.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   Cold War, consumer attitudes, consumer behavior, consumer expectations, consumer expenditures, disposable income, domestic markets, durable goods, economic conditions, employment, families, inflation, interest rates, national economy, neighborhoods, pension plans, personal finances, political affiliation, political interest, price fluctuations, public assistance programs, purchasing, recession, savings, travel, unemployment, vacations

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Date of Collection:  

  • 1962-11--1962-12

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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Methodology

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 66 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.

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personal interviews

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