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Detroit Area Study, 1973: A Study of the Civil Military Interface and the Application of Laboratory Methodologies in a Survey Setting (ICPSR 7907)

Principal Investigator(s): Flynn, Michael, University of Michigan. Department of Sociology; Jackson, James, University of Michigan. Department of Sociology; Segal, David, University of Michigan. Department of Sociology


This study of 576 adults in the Detroit metropolitan area in 1973 measures their feelings about the military and the Vietnam War, as well as a variety of other issues. The study incorporates data from two sets of investigations: those collected by David Segal on opinions about the military and the Vietnam War, and those collected by Michael Flynn and James Jackson on the application of laboratory methodologies to a survey setting. Items explored respondents' opinions on the appropriateness of United States' involvement in the Vietnam War, the substitution of an all-volunteer army for the military draft, and the amount of money that should be spent on the military. Other items queried respondents about how a hypothetical sum of money should be spent and the criteria that guided their allocation of this money. Also measured were respondents' responses to photographs of people's faces and how they completed a story begun by the interviewer. Additional items explored respondents' attitudes toward a variety of other public and private issues, such as government's efforts to eliminate employment-based racial discrimination, United States' aid to North Vietnam, career success, and use of leisure time. Demographic variables specify age, sex, race, marital status, education, occupation, military service, rank in the army, religion, social class identification, political party affiliation, income, physical height, number of children, and length of residence in the Detroit area.

More information about the Detroit Area Studies Project is available on this Web site.

Series: Detroit Area Studies Series

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Study Description


Flynn, Michael, James Jackson, and David Segal. Detroit Area Study, 1973: A Study of the Civil Military Interface and the Application of Laboratory Methodologies in a Survey Setting. ICPSR07907-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-01-08.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    cities, defense spending, economic behavior, families, family life, military draft, political affiliation, political attitudes, political participation, Vietnam War

Geographic Coverage:    Detroit, Michigan, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1973

Date of Collection:   

  • 1973-05--1973-10

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    A total of 576 adults in households in the Detroit metropolitan area in 1973.

Data Source:

personal interview


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-05-10

Version History:

  • 2007-01-08 This study, updated from OSIRIS, now includes SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files, an SAS transport (XPORT) file, a SPSS portable file, a Stata system file, and an updated codebook.

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