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Detroit Area Study, 1990: Community Issues (ICPSR 2881)

Principal Investigator(s): Mohai, Paul


This survey focused on issues and problems facing residents of Detroit and the surrounding metropolitan area in 1990, including environmental concerns, problems with law enforcement and drugs, crime, education, housing, jobs, cost of living, welfare, taxes and government services, government administration, moral values, and other concerns. Respondents were asked about the importance they placed on each issue and the perceived priority the government gave to each issue. Environmental issues were further examined with respect to specific environmental concerns, such as pollution, exposure to hazardous waste, loss or harm to wildlife and/or their habitats, and the depletion and conservation of natural resources. Respondents' degree of political and community involvement was gauged through questions regarding their voting behavior, their work for or involvement with a political party or community organization, and the type of community organizations to which they belonged. Racial attitudes were also probed, with questions on the economic position of African Americans, political and economic equality, and attitudes toward African-American subgroups (young, older, middle class). Demographic information includes respondents' gender, age, marital status, race, ethnicity, area of residence, type of residence, duration of residence, and whether the residence was owned by the respondent or rented.

Series: Detroit Area Studies Series

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Study Description


Mohai, Paul. Detroit Area Study, 1990: Community Issues. ICPSR02881-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2002.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    cities, communities, community involvement, cost of living, crime, drugs, economic behavior, education, environmental degradation, government services, government spending, housing, job security, law enforcement, police community relations, political affiliation, political attitudes, political participation, racial attitudes, social inequality, social problems, social stratification, taxation, unemployment, welfare services

Geographic Coverage:    Detroit, Michigan, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1990

Date of Collection:   

  • 1990-04--1990-09

Universe:    Adults aged 18 and over residing in households located in the Michigan tri-county area of Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne counties.


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. This data collection may not be used for any purpose other than statistical reporting and analysis. Use of these data to learn the identity of any person or establishment is prohibited.


Original ICPSR Release:   2002-07-11

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