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New Haven Community Study, 1959 (ICPSR 7205)

Principal Investigator(s): Dahl, Robert A.; Flanigan, William


This study focused on political attitudes and behavior of voters in New Haven, Connecticut, with regard to local politics and community problems. In addition to measures of general political information, interest, participation, and party identification, the respondents were asked detailed questions about major local problems and degree of involvement, local organizational membership, evaluation of local leaders and degree of contact, and the perceived possibility of personal impact on community problems. Demographic data include age, sex, race, marital status, religion, education, family income, employment status, and occupation.

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Study Description


Dahl, Robert A., and William Flanigan. New Haven Community Study, 1959. ICPSR07205-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1975. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07205.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07205.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    communities, community involvement, community leaders, community participation, community power, local politics, party membership, political attitudes, political interest, political participation, voter attitudes, voting behavior, urban affairs

Geographic Coverage:    Connecticut, New Haven, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1959

Universe:    Registered voters of New Haven, Connecticut.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    Proportional random sampling. The sample was drawn from the New Haven voter registration lists used in the 1958 election, as revised through June 1959. From each ward list, respondents were drawn at regular intervals after a random start, in proportion to the total sample as that ward bore to the total number of registered voters in the city, thus intentionally underrepresenting adult nonvoters. In cases where the selected people were deceased or no longer residents of New Haven, replacements were chosen from the same ward.

Data Source:

personal interviews

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:

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


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-03-18

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