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ICPSR Instructional Subset: Citizen Attitudes Toward Local Government

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • National League of Cities. Urban Observatory Program
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Instructional Subset Series
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Housing and Urban Development
Free Keywords
attitudes; cities; data; drugs; government services; housing; instruction; instructional materials; law enforcement; local government; municipal services; neighborhoods; public officials; public opinion; public transportation; racial integration; schools; social sciences; urban areas; urban renewal
  • Abstract

    This data collection was based on the Ten Cities Survey of Citizen Attitudes Toward Local Government conducted under the supervision of the Urban Observatory Program. The research for the project was funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and administered by the National League of Cities. Each Urban Observatory network city had autonomy over the study in its area. This instructional subset includes responses from surveys administered in four of the ten cities: Atlanta, Boston, Baltimore, and San Diego. The four were selected because they represented regional diversity and also because examination of the distribution of responses suggested four rather different patterns of citizen attitudes. Variables provide information on respondents' views of local government and services, public officials, local schools and racial integration, public transportation, police protection, neighborhood safety, the uses of city funds, most urgent city problems, most problematic groups in the city, effects of urban renewal on the city, courts, city wages, and strikes by public employees. Other items probed respondents' opinions of local problems in the areas of schooling, housing, public transportation, drugs, law and order, and city taxes. Demographic items specify age, sex, education, ethnicity, family income, home ownership, length of stay in the city of residence, and interests in politics.
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    • DS1: Dataset
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
The survey items were administered to a representative sample of 1,993 adults aged 18 years and older within the politically defined limits of the central cities in Atlanta, Boston, Baltimore, and San Diego, in the United States. The samples were independently drawn but were based upon identical designs. The survey items were also the same for all cities. Where appropriate, the questionnaire was administered in Spanish to Mexican-American respondents.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 7522 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR07522.v1

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

National League of Cities. Urban Observatory Program (1984): ICPSR Instructional Subset: Citizen Attitudes Toward Local Government. Archival Version. Instructional Subset Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.