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Detroit Area Study, 1994: Impact of Education on Attitudes (ICPSR 2852)

Principal Investigator(s): Steeh, Charlotte


This survey focused on the influence of education on respondents' attitudes toward a variety of issues, including crime, city services, police protection, neighborhoods, health-care coverage, taxes, public schools, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and government involvement in correcting class, gender, and race disparities. The survey also sought respondents' opinions on issues such as race relations, discrimination against women, racial balance in schools, laws against interracial marriages, housing discrimination law, racial profiling, and voting for a Black presidential candidate. Respondents were questioned on the comparative differences between Blacks and Whites in types of jobs held, housing, and level of income, and why Blacks were worse off than whites, the effects on property values of Blacks moving into White neighborhoods, and the high rate of unemployment and crime among Blacks as compared to Whites. Also explored were respondents' feelings about the death penalty, immigrants, other races, poor people, minority groups, affirmative action, homosexuality, television violence, censorship, and abortion. Questions on the respondents' educational background covered the types of elementary and secondary schools they attended and grades earned, level of education and degrees earned, and types of college(s) attended. Additional information gathered by the survey includes respondents' duration of residence in the tri-county area and at the current residence, place of previous residence, employment status, social class stratification, religious denomination, party preference, participation in social and political life, and knowledge of current affairs. Demographic information includes respondents' gender, age, marital status, race, and ethnicity.

Series: Detroit Area Studies Series

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Study Description


Steeh, Charlotte. Detroit Area Study, 1994: Impact of Education on Attitudes. ICPSR02852-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2003.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    cities, citizen attitudes, crime, economic behavior, educational background, Equal Employment Opportunity, health insurance, housing discrimination, knowledge level, local government, NAFTA, neighborhood conditions, police protection, political attitudes, political participation, prejudice, public opinion, race relations, racial attitudes, schools, sex discrimination, social attitudes, social issues, social justice, taxes, tolerance, work attitudes

Geographic Coverage:    Detroit, Michigan, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1994

Date of Collection:   

  • 1994

Universe:    Adults ages 18 and older residing in households located in the Michigan counties of Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    One respondent was selected at random from all eligible persons within each household.

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 online analysis version with question text.

Restrictions: To preserve respondent anonymity, certain identifying variables are restricted from general dissemination. Aggregations of this information for statistical purposes that preserve the anonymity of individual respondents can be obtained from ICPSR in accordance with existing servicing policies.


Original ICPSR Release:   2000-05-19

Version History:

  • 2003-07-25 Variable documention in the codebook has been altered to ensure interviewer anonymity.

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