Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior, August 1998 (ICPSR 35179)

Published: Sep 10, 2015

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


Version V2

The Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior series (also known as the Surveys of Consumers) 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. Since the 1940s, these surveys have been produced quarterly through 1977 and monthly thereafter. The surveys conducted in 1998 focused on topics such as evaluations and expectations about personal finances, employment, price changes, and the national business situation. Opinions were collected regarding 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 retirement planning. Other topics in this series typically include ownership, lease, and use of automobiles, respondents' use of personal computers at home and in the office, and respondents' familiarity with and use of the Internet. 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, August 1998. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2015-09-10.

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1998-07 -- 1998-08

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

The purpose of this survey series is to forecast changes in aggregate consumer behavior.

National sample of dwelling units selected by area probability sampling.

Longitudinal: Trend / Repeated Cross-section

Persons aged 18 years or older living in households with telephones within the United States.



survey data

computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI)



2015-09-10 The producer made corrections and performed recodes on the data, and ICPSR has removed a variable to prevent disclosure risk. All data and documentation have been updated.

2014-07-17 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.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

This collection contains three weight variables; V95 (ADULT WEIGHT), V96 (HOUSEHOLD WEIGHT 1), and WT (HOUSEHOLD WEIGHT 2) 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 also the section on Sample Weights.


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

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