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Detroit Area Study, 2002 (ICPSR 24320)

Principal Investigator(s): Mohai, Paul, University of Michigan. School of Natural Resources; Brechin, Steve , University of Michigan. School of Natural Resources


The 2002 Detroit Area Study (DAS) is a face-to-face survey of adults in the Detroit, Michigan tri-county area. Respondents were asked questions about their place of residence, level of political participation, general political attitudes, concern about the environment, environmental consumerism, environmental justice, and the quality of the environment in their current neighborhood and the neighborhood in which they were raised. Information was also collected on respondents' job responsibilities, current financial situation, the availability of childcare and transportation, and their own feelings of self-worth. Interviewer observations about the condition of the respondent's neighborhood were also included. Demographic variables include sex, age, race, ethnicity, marital status, household income, education level, employment status, occupation, and industry, labor union membership, religious preference, frequency of religious attendance, and the presence of children in the household.

Series: Detroit Area Studies Series

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Study Description


Mohai, Paul, and Steve Brechin. Detroit Area Study, 2002. ICPSR24320-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-03-09. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR24320.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR24320.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • University of Michigan. Institute for Social Research. Survey Research Center
  • University of Michigan. College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    attitudes, cities, communities, economic behavior, environmental attitudes, environmental cleanup, environmental protection, environmentalists, families, family life, neighborhood conditions, political affiliation, political attitudes, political participation, pollution, quality of life, self esteem

Smallest Geographic Unit:    county

Geographic Coverage:    Detroit, Michigan, United States

Time Period:   

  • 2002

Date of Collection:   

  • 2002-04-06--2002-07-31

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    Adults aged 18 years or older living in households in the Detroit, Michigan tri-county area of Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne counties.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The data available for download are not weighted and users will need to weight the data prior to analysis.

Additional information about sampling, interviewing, sampling error, and weighting may be found in the codebook.

To protect respondent confidentiality, open-ended responses referring to exact place of employment, industry, occupation, membership in specific organizations, and city of residence in variables A1A, A11A, K5SP, K6SP, and K7SP were blanked.

The formats of character, date, and weight variables were changed in order to be compatible with current statistical programs.

ICPSR created a unique sequential record identifier variable named CASEID.

Variable labels and value labels were added to several variables.

The survey questions in variables C1A_AA through C2A_GG and H2 differed depending on the version of the questionnaire that was administered, as indicated in the variable FORM.


Sample:    A multi-stage equal probability sample of 510 housing units was selected from the Detroit Area Study replicate of the Survey Research Center (SRC) 3-county Detroit sample based on the 2000 United States Census data for Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties. These households were to be contacted for a face-to-face interview. One adult household member was randomly chosen as the respondent, using a Kish table. Please refer to the codebook documentation for additional information on sampling.

Weight:    The data are not weighted and users should weight the data prior to analysis. The weight variable W_NORMAL contains normalized weights to be used in all analyses. Please refer to the codebook documentation for more information on weights.

Mode of Data Collection:    face-to-face interview

Response Rates:    The response rate was 58.9 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:

  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   2009-03-09



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