Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior, Spring 1962

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
consumer attitudes; consumer behavior; consumer expectations; consumer expenditures; disposable income; domestic markets; durable goods; economic conditions; employment; family planning; inflation; interest rates; national economy; pension plans; personal finances; political affiliation; price fluctuations; purchasing; Social Security; stock market conditions; travel; world politics
  • Abstract

    This survey was undertaken to assess consumer sentiment and buying plans, as well as the effect of attitudes toward expected Social Security benefits, old age insurance, and private pension plans on present economic behavior and planning, and attitudes toward West Germany, family planning, and different modes of travel. Open-ended questions were asked concerning evaluations and expectations about price changes, employment, recession, and the national business situation, as well as the effect of the world political situation on the national business situation. 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 probe respondents' attitudes toward foreign-made goods, as well as their assessment of their financial status relative to the previous year. Information is also provided on respondents' political party identification and neighborhood characteristics. Demographic variables provide information on age, race, sex, religion, education, marital status, occupation, family size, and family income.
  • 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 variable labels and/or value labels..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1962-04 / 1962-05
    Collection date: 1962-04--1962-05
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.
2009-06-26 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 3637 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR03637.v1
  • Mueller, Eva. The impact of unemployment on consumer confidence. Public Opinion Quarterly.30, (1), 19-32.1966.
    • ID: 10.1086/267379 (DOI)
  • Katona, George. Private Pensions and Individual Saving. Ann Arbor, MI: Survey Research Center, University of Michigan. 1965.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 8 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15