Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior, Spring 1957

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • University of Michigan. Survey Research Center. Economic Behavior Program
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
automobiles; consumer attitudes; consumer behavior; consumer expectations; consumer expenditures; durable goods; economic conditions; employment; national economy; personal finances; price fluctuations; purchasing; stock market conditions; travel expenditures; world politics
  • Abstract

    This survey was undertaken to assess consumer sentiment and buying plans, as well as travel patterns, use of telephones, attitudes toward various forms of savings, and knowledge of changes in interest rates. Open-ended questions were asked concerning evaluations and expectations about price changes, employment, recession, and the national business and financial situation, as well as the effect of the world political situation on the national business situation. Variables on telephone use provide information on the number of phones in the household, frequency of calls, and arrangements made for phone use if the respondents had no phone. Variables on travels provide information on the number of business and non-business trips made by air, rail, bus, and car, distance of the trip, length of stay, and the advantages and disadvantages of the particular mode of travel. Other variables probe respondents' buying intentions for a house, automobiles, appliances, and other consumer durables, as well as their appraisals of present market conditions for purchasing these items. Additional variables provide information on respondents' perception of their financial well-being and their opinions of future financial prospects. Demographic items specify age, sex, race, marital status, education, occupation, income, home ownership, and length of stay in the community.
  • 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: Standardized missing values.; Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1957
  • 1957-05 / 1957-06
    Collection date: 1957-05--1957-06
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
All families living in continental United States dwelling units, exclusive of those on military reservations.
One respondent from each family unit in the dwellings sampled, usually the head of the family, or the wife. The dwelling units were selected by area probability sampling from 66 primary sampling units. For each dwelling unit in the sample, an interview was sought with a respondent from the primary family and from each secondary family (if any). The head of the family (usually the husband) was the preferred respondent, but the wife could substitute if the head was not readily available.
2005-12-15 On 2005-08-15 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-12-15 to reflect these additions.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 3602 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR03602.v1

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15