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Detroit Area Study, 1961: Work Group Influence and Political Participation (ICPSR 7285)

Principal Investigator(s): Miller, Warren; Stokes, Donald


This study presents data collected as part of the 1960-1961 Detroit Area Study from 419 workers who were members of the United Auto Workers union. Respondents were asked how long they had worked on their jobs, what their job duties were, and whether they were satisfied with their jobs. Another set of questions covered length of union membership, union activity, their conceptions of what the role of their union should be, and their satisfaction with the job their union was doing. Political questions covered the good and bad points of political parties, the Kennedy-Nixon debates, the political issues facing the nation, party identification, past and present vote in state and national elections, and political participation. The social structure of the work group was probed, and respondents were questioned about the importance of politics in work group relationships. Demographic variables included social class, age, organizational membership, religion, education, occupation, income, and race.

More information about the Detroit Area Studies Project is available on this Web site.

Series: Detroit Area Studies Series

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Study Description


Miller, Warren, and Donald Stokes. Detroit Area Study, 1961: Work Group Influence and Political Participation. ICPSR07285-v3. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1977. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07285.v3

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07285.v3

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    auto workers, automobile industry, cities, job satisfaction, labor (work), labor unions, national politics, political affiliation, political attitudes, political participation, social structure, union memberships, United Auto Workers, voter history, work environment

Geographic Coverage:    Detroit, Michigan, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1961

Date of Collection:   

  • 1961 (winter)

Universe:    Members of the United Auto Workers union employed in Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler plants located in the western part of greater Detroit, Michigan.

Data Type(s):    survey data


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:

  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Standardized missing values.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-07-02

Version History:

  • 2011-05-18 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.

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