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Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior, Spring 1958

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • University of Michigan. Survey Research Center. Economic Behavior Program
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
consumer attitudes; consumer behavior; consumer expectations; consumer expenditures; disposable income; durable goods; economic conditions; economic recovery; employment; families; housing costs; inflation; interest rates; job loss; national economy; personal finances; price fluctuations; purchasing; recession; stock market conditions; transportation; travel; unemployment
  • Abstract

    This survey was undertaken to assess consumer sentiment and buying plans, as well as unemployment, travel, long-distance telephone calls, and attitudes toward proposed anti-recession measures. Open-ended questions were asked concerning evaluations and expectations about price changes, employment, recession, and the national business situation. Information was elicited on the number of people then working who had been laid off intermittently in the past year or who were working shorter hours or who had lost their jobs. Questions were also asked about how families whose income had been reduced by unemployment or by shorter hours had managed financially, and what might stimulate business and reduce unemployment. Respondents were also asked about their plans for future travels, travel experiences, and overseas travel preferences, and their reactions to the introduction of jet planes for commercial use. Additional variables probe respondents' telephone usage and the effects of the recession on their use of telephones for long-distance calls. Data are also provided on 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. Demographic variables provide information on age, race, sex, marital status, education, occupation, religion, and family income. A supplementary sample of 122 respondents, consisting of a specially selected Detroit unemployment sample, is available upon request only.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1958-05 / 1958-06
    Collection date: 1958-05--1958-06
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.
Collection Mode
  • The codebook is provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.

This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 3631 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Mueller, Eva. The impact of unemployment on consumer confidence. Public Opinion Quarterly.30, (1), 19-32.1966.
    • ID: 10.1086/267379 (DOI)
  • Cohen, Wilbur J., Haber, William, Mueller, Eva. The Impact of Unemployment in the 1958 Recession. Special Committee on Unemployment Problems, United States Senate.Ann Arbor, MI: Survey Research Center, University of Michigan. 1960.

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

University of Michigan. Survey Research Center. Economic Behavior Program (1984): Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior, Spring 1958. Version 1. Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.