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Los Angeles County Social Survey, 1993 (LACSS) (ICPSR 36600)

Alternate Title:   LACSS 1993

Principal Investigator(s): University of California, Los Angeles. Institute for Social Science Research


The Los Angeles County Social Survey (LACSS) continues the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area Studies (LAMAS) and the Southern California Social Surveys (SCSS). The Los Angeles County Social Survey (LACSS) is part of a continuing annual research project supported by the Institute for Social Science Research at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

The LACSS 1993 was conducted between February and April 1993. Los Angeles County residents were asked questions concerning ethnic relations, social dominance, inequality, poverty, government, and the LA riots.

Demographic information collected includes race/ethnic identity, gender, religion, age, education level, occupation, birth place, political party affiliation and ideology, marital status, income, and origin of ancestry.

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Study Description


University of California, Los Angeles. Institute for Social Science Research. Los Angeles County Social Survey, 1993 (LACSS). ICPSR36600-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2017-02-07. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36600.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36600.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    communities, discrimination, ethnic groups, ethnic identity, ethnic tensions, ethnicity, minorities, neighborhoods, political attitudes, poverty, public opinion, race relations, racial attitudes, social attitudes, social inequality, social integration, social issues

Smallest Geographic Unit:    County

Geographic Coverage:    California, Los Angeles

Time Period:   

  • 1993-02-02--1993-04-21

Date of Collection:   

  • 1993-02-02--1993-04-21

Unit of Observation:    Individual

Universe:    Households with telephones in Los Angeles County

Data Type(s):    survey data


Study Purpose:    The primary purpose of the Los Angeles County Social Survey (LACSS) is to provide the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the local community with information about the opinions and attitudes of Los Angeles County residents on a wide range of topics. The study sought to survey a representative sample of adults in Los Angeles County.


A random digit dial sample of telephone households in Los Angeles County was called, and interviews were completed with 966 adult respondents. These respondents were selected in a two-stage process. First, telephone households were randomly selected. Then, one adult from each eligible household was selected to do an interview. In addition, an oversample of African American telephone households was drawn from areas in Los Angeles County.

The N of respondents in the 1993 survey is as follows: White n=385; African American n=366; Latino n=172; Asian American n=43.

Time Method:    Cross-sectional , Longitudinal: Trend / Repeated Cross-section

Weight:    The data are not weighted and no weight variables are present in the collection.

Mode of Data Collection:    computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI), telephone interview

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 online analysis version with question text.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   2017-02-07



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