Michigan Tax Limitation Amendments Study, 1978 (ICPSR 7815)

Published: Feb 16, 1992 View help for published

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Daniel L. Rubinfeld; Paul N. Courant; Richard T. Curtin; Edward M. Gramlich


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Given the growing belief in the late 1970s that government spending was out of control, this study was conducted to obtain information concerning the behavior, attitudes, and characteristics of actual and potential voters about the costs and benefits of public sector spending and the accuracy of those perceptions. The state of Michigan provided a good environment for this study because the November 1978 ballot contained three distinct constitutional amendments whose purpose was to effect considerable change in the taxing and expenditure authority of Michigan's state and local governments and school districts. These ballot propositions were the Headlee Amendment, the Tisch Amendment, and the School Voucher Plan. This data collection consists of 2,001 completed telephone interviews, conducted in the two months following the November election, of a sample chosen to be representative of all Michigan residents aged 18 or older. Respondents were interviewed about their attitudes toward state and local government taxes and expenditures, government in general, and the three specific tax limitation amendments on the Michigan ballot. Respondents also were asked how they voted on the propositions and what they thought the probable effects of these propositions would be if adopted. Demographic and economic information on respondents was also collected, e.g., age, sex, ethnicity, occupation, employment status, income, tax payments, and education of children (i.e., number of their children in state-supported or private schools).

Rubinfeld, Daniel L., Courant, Paul N., Curtin, Richard T., and Gramlich, Edward M. Michigan Tax Limitation Amendments Study, 1978. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1992-02-16. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07815.v1

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1978-11 -- 1979-01

The survey was conducted via telephone interview with a representative sample of Michigan residents aged 18 and older between November 8, 1978, and January 7, 1979, with 2,001 questionnaires completed at a response rate of 71.7 percent.

Michigan residents aged 18 or older.

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2018-02-15 The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented. The previous citation was:
  • Rubinfeld, Daniel L., Paul N. Courant, Richard T. Curtin, and Edward M. Gramlich. MICHIGAN TAX LIMITATION AMENDMENTS STUDY, 1978. Conducted by University of Michigan, Survey Research Center. ICPSR07815-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [producer and distributor], 1981. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07815.v1

1984-06-20 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:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


  • Data in this collection are available only to users at ICPSR member institutions.

  • The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented.
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