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Survey of Public Interest Group Members, 1982

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Cook, Constance Ewing (Albion College)
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Free Keywords
activism; advocacy; citizen participation; lobbying; memberships; public interest groups; social values; special interest groups; public policy
  • Abstract

    This data collection examines the attitudes of Michigan members of Common Cause, the American Civil Liberties Union, the League of Women Voters, and the Conservative Caucus. The data file is comprised of four components, one for each public interest group -- thus, each respondent may have up to four records one for each interest group. Each component contains the same 29 variables. Respondents were queried regarding their reasons for joining the organizations, level of activism, level of satisfaction with the group, plans for membership renewal, knowledge of the group's issues, and extent of involvement in organizational issues. Gender, age, education, and occupation of the members are also included in the data.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1982
Geographic Coverage
  • Michigan
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Michigan members of Common Cause, the American Civil Liberties Union, the League of Women Voters, and the Conservative Caucus.
The data were collected by sending mail questionnaires to 250 randomly selected members of the public interest groups listed in the universe.
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
  • 8284 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08284.v1
  • Rothenberg, Lawrence S.. Linking Citizens to Government: Interest Group Politics At Common Cause. New York: Cambridge University Press. 1992.
  • Cook, Constance Ewing. Participation in Public Interest Groups: Membership Motivations. American Politics Quarterly.12, (4), 409-430.1984.
    • ID: 10.1177/1532673X8401200402 (DOI)
  • Cook, Constance Ewing. Membership involvement in public interest groups. Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association.Chicago. 1983.

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

Cook, Constance Ewing (1984): Survey of Public Interest Group Members, 1982. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.