Detroit Area Study, 1994: Impact of Education on Attitudes

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Steeh, Charlotte
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Detroit Area Studies Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
cities; citizen attitudes; crime; economic behavior; educational background; Equal Employment Opportunity; health care 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; taxation; tolerance; work attitudes
  • Abstract

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

    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..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Detroit Area Study, 1994: Impact of Education of Attitudes
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1994
  • Collection date: 1994
Geographic Coverage
  • Detroit
  • Michigan
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Adults ages 18 and older residing in households located in the Michigan counties of Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne.
One respondent was selected at random from all eligible persons within each household.
2003-07-25 Variable documention in the codebook has been altered to ensure interviewer anonymity.
This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 2852 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR02852.v1
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    • ID: 10.1086/297859 (DOI)
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Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15