Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior, April 2003 (ICPSR 32445)

Published: Nov 13, 2012

Principal Investigator(s):
University of Michigan. Survey Research Center. Economic Behavior Program


Version V1

This survey was undertaken to measure changes in consumer attitudes and expectations, to understand why such changes occur, and to evaluate how they relate to consumer decisions to save, borrow, or make discretionary purchases. This type of information is essential for forecasting changes in aggregate consumer behavior. Since the 1940s, these surveys have been produced quarterly through 1977 and monthly thereafter. The surveys conducted in 2003 focused on topics such as evaluations and expectations about personal finances, employment, price changes, and the national business situation. Additional questions inquired about buying intentions for automobiles and computers, and the respondents' appraisals of present market conditions for purchasing houses, automobiles, computers, and other durables. Also explored in this survey were respondents' types of savings and financial investments, loan use, family income and sources of income, and respondents' ownership, lease, and use of automobiles. Other topics typically include respondents' use of personal computers at home and in the office, respondents' familiarity with and use of the Internet, electronic banking, and information on informed consent and confidentiality regarding the survey. Demographic information includes ethnic origin, sex, age, marital status, and education.

University of Michigan. Survey Research Center. Economic Behavior Program. Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior, April 2003. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2012-11-13.

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Additional information on the Surveys of Consumers can be found by visiting the Surveys of Consumers Web site.

National sample of dwelling units selected by area probability sampling.

Population of the United States aged 18 and older in households.


survey data

computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI)



2012-11-13 Updated the data collection to be consistent in processing standards across the Surveys of Consumers for 2003.

2012-05-03 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:

  • Standardized missing values.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

This collection contains four weight variables; WT (HOUSEHOLD HEAD WEIGHT), WT_HH (HOUSEHOLD WEIGHT), WT_ADHD (ADULT HEAD WEIGHT), and WT_AD (ADULT WEIGHT) that must be used in any analysis. For more information on weights and sampling please visit the Surveys of Consumers Web site and refer to the documentation on Sample Design, and the section on Sample Weights.


  • Data in this collection are available only to users at ICPSR member institutions.

  • The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented.
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