Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior, Fall 1973 (ICPSR 7525)

Published: May 4, 2006

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


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This survey was undertaken to assess consumer sentiment and buying plans, as well as to provide information on their savings and investment habits and perceptions of government. Open-ended questions were asked concerning evaluations and expectations about personal finances, employment, recession, price changes, and the national business situation. Additional variables probe respondents' buying intentions for a house, automobiles, appliances, and other consumer durables, and respondents' appraisals of present market conditions for purchasing houses and other durables. Other variables probe respondents' assessments of their financial status relative to the previous year, their views of the government in Washington, the need for governmental changes, military spending, government support for Black people, and their satisfaction with their income and their jobs, as well as their opinion of married women working outside the home, women's liberation, and penalties for marijuana use. Information is also provided on respondents' political party identification, time spent with their children, savings accounts, contributions to charitable organizations, and car ownership and plans to buy a new one. Demographic variables provide information on respondents' age, sex, race, ethnic group, marital status, education, occupation, employment status, and family income.

University of Michigan. Survey Research Center. Economic Behavior Program. Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior, Fall 1973. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-05-04.

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One respondent from each family unit in the dwellings sampled, usually the head of the family, or the wife. The dwelling units were selected by area probability sampling from primary sampling units. For each dwelling unit in the sample, an interview was sought with a respondent from the primary family and from each secondary family (if any). The head of the family (usually the husband) was the preferred respondent, but the wife could substitute if the head was not readily available.

All families living in continental United States dwelling units, exclusive of those on military reservations.

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2006-05-04 The following files have been added to the collection: SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files, SAS and Stata supplemental syntax files, SAS transport (XPORT) file, SPSS portable file, and a Stata system file. The card-image files and an OSIRIS dictionary have been removed from the collection. The original codebook has been updated by adding ICPSR-produced variable descriptions and removing OSIRIS-specific dataset listings.

Weights are included in the dataset. Details are provided in the codebook.


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