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Detroit Area Study, 2003: Information and Values in Today's Society (ICPSR 22630)

Principal Investigator(s): Baker, Wayne, University of Michigan. Department of Sociology


For this survey, respondents from three counties in the Detroit, Michigan, area were queried about how they received and used information in their daily lives and how they viewed other people, groups, and institutions. Respondents were asked about their activities during the previous 12 months, the work they did, and about some things they or someone in their household may have experienced because of their race, ethnicity, or religion. Respondents were also asked for their opinions about American news coverage, helping children grow up, and what the aims of this country should be for the next ten years. In addition, questions addressed respondents' feelings and thoughts during the past 12 months about world events and the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Demographic information includes age, sex, marital status, income, education, national origin, employment status, and household composition.

Series: Detroit Area Studies Series

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Study Description


Baker, Wayne. Detroit Area Study, 2003: Information and Values in Today's Society. ICPSR22630-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-09-26. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR22630.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR22630.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    attitudes, citizen participation, computer use, electronic mail systems, emotional states, employment, ethnic discrimination, ethnic groups, ethnicity, everyday life, foreign affairs, government, Internet, memberships, national interests, news media, religion, September 11 attack, television news, terrorism, values, voting behavior, worldview

Geographic Coverage:    Detroit, Michigan, United States

Time Period:   

  • 2003

Date of Collection:   

  • 2003-04-05--2003-08-31

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    Adults aged 18 and over residing in households located in the Michigan tri-county area of Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne counties.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The DETROIT ARAB AMERICAN STUDY (DAAS), 2003 (ICPSR 4413) is a companion study to this one.

There are no value labels for the interviewer checkpoint variables (K4_1 to K4_7).

Variable labels for D18 and D18_SP have been truncated to 256 characters. Users are advised to consult the original documentation.

Some value labels for D18_SP have been truncated, and the original documentation lacks labels for this variable.

Removed a broken link from the Summary field on October 4, 2017.


Sample:    Multistage probability sample of housing units in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties

Mode of Data Collection:    face-to-face interview

Response Rates:    56 percent

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.
  • Standardized missing values.


Original ICPSR Release:   2008-09-26

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