Detroit Area Study, 1998: White Racial Ideology (ICPSR 26261)

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Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, University of Michigan


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This study of 400 adults of Caucasian or African-American descent in the Detroit metropolitan area provides information on their attitudes toward White Racial Ideology. Respondents were asked about their views on the role of government in addressing the needs of minorities and the poor in our nation such as: taxing the rich and big businesses more heavily than the working and middle class, and providing educational programs to poor and minorities. Other questions elicited respondent views on characteristics that some people associate with different groups. These characteristics included violence, laziness, being athletic, law-bidding, and intelligence. Additional items explored respondents' attitudes toward poverty and the cause of poverty in the society. Demographic variables include age, sex, race, education, marital status, number of children, political view, choice of neighborhood, length of time at present residence, religion, income, occupation, original nationality of husband's and wife's family, home ownership, social class identification, and length of residency in Detroit.

Bonilla-Silva, Eduardo. Detroit Area Study, 1998: White Racial Ideology. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2010-01-25.

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Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research
1998 (spring and summer)

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Dual frame sample: (1) Multi-stage probability sample of housing units in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb Counties, (2) Telephone survey of residential telephone numbers in the same counties. This is the first year Detroit Area Study students used laptop computers in the field -- no paper and pencil.

Adults, aged 18 and older, of Caucasian or African American descent.

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Total response rate (400/588) = 68 percent.


2018-02-15 The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented. The previous citation was:
  • Bonilla-Silva, Eduardo. Detroit Area Study, 1998: White Racial Ideology. ICPSR26261-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2010-01-25.

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