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

Principal Investigator(s): Bonilla-Silva, Eduardo, University of Michigan


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.

Series: Detroit Area Studies Series

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Study Description


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. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR26261.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR26261.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Affirmative Action, civil rights, crime, discrimination, poverty, racial attitudes, rape

Geographic Coverage:    Detroit, Michigan, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1998

Date of Collection:   

  • 1998 (spring and summer)

Unit of Observation:    inividual

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

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

For variables SEL_WGT, WEIGHT1, POP_WGT, PS_WGT, and NORM_WGT ICPSR received no documentation about how these weights were calculated or to which portion of the study sample they apply.

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


Sample:    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.

Weight:    The study contains weight.

Mode of Data Collection:    face-to-face interview, telephone interview

Response Rates:    Total response rate (400/588) = 68 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.
  • Created online analysis version with question text.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   2010-01-25

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