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Citizen Attitude Survey: Urban Problems in Ten American Cities, 1970 (ICPSR 7340)

Principal Investigator(s): National League of Cities. Urban Observatory Program


This study was a joint project of ten major United States cities participating in the Urban Observatory Program: Atlanta, Albuquerque, Baltimore, Boston, Denver, Kansas City, Kansas, Kansas City, Missouri, Milwaukee, Nashville, and San Diego. The survey focused on citizens' perceptions of the problems of urban life. Citizens' attitudes toward local government services and their opinions about local problems in the areas of schooling, housing, public transportation, controlled drugs, law and order, and taxes were assessed in all ten cities. Information on the socioeconomic status of the respondents, and on household composition was also elicited. Demographic data include sex, age, marital status, race, ethnicity, birthplace, level of education, and family income. Each city may be analyzed separately or may be treated as an integral part of the comparative study.

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Study Description


National League of Cities. Urban Observatory Program. Citizen Attitude Survey: Urban Problems in Ten American Cities, 1970. ICPSR07340-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1999. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07340.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07340.v2

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Housing and Urban Development

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    cities, citizen attitudes, drugs, government performance, government services, household composition, housing, law enforcement, local government, public opinion, public transportation, schools, taxes, urban areas, urban problems

Geographic Coverage:    Albuquerque, Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, California, Colorado, Denver, Georgia, Kansas, Kansas City (Kansas), Kansas City (Missouri), Maryland, Massachusetts, Milwaukee, Missouri, Nashville, New Mexico, San Diego, Tennessee, United States, Wisconsin

Time Period:   

  • 1970

Date of Collection:   

  • 1970

Universe:    Adult populations of Atlanta, Albuquerque, Baltimore, Boston, Denver, Kansas City, Kansas, Kansas City, Missouri, Milwaukee, Nashville, and San Diego.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    An independent sample was drawn from each of the cities included in the study. The samples were designed to represent a cross-section of all households within the politically-defined limits of each central city. They were drawn from the cities' directories and corrections were made with block supplements. Each household in a given city had an equal probability for selection. Within selected households, one adult was designated as respondent and no substitutions were permitted. The samples are not representative of the total United States population living in Standard Metropolitan Statistical Areas.

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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