Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior, August 2003

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • University of Michigan. Survey Research Center. Economic Behavior Program
Other Title
  • Survey of Consumers (Alternative Title)
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior Series
Publication Date
Publication Place
Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
Free Keywords
Schema: ICPSR
consumer attitudes; consumer expectations; consumer expenditures; economic policy; financial planning; government; home ownership; household expenditures; household income; interest rates; investments; national economy; retirement; stock markets; unemployment
  • Abstract

    This survey was undertaken to measure changes in consumer attitudes and expectations, to understand why such changes occur, and to evaluate how they relate to consumer decisions to save, borrow, or make discretionary purchases. This type of information is essential for forecasting changes in aggregate consumer behavior. Since the 1940s, these surveys have been produced quarterly through 1977 and monthly thereafter. The surveys conducted in 2003 focused on topics such as evaluations and expectations about personal finances, employment, price changes, and the national business situation. Additional questions inquired about buying intentions for automobiles and computers, and the respondents' appraisals of present market conditions for purchasing houses, automobiles, computers, and other durables. Also explored in this survey were respondents' types of savings and financial investments, loan use, family income and sources of income, and respondents' ownership, lease, and use of automobiles. Other topics typically include respondents' use of personal computers at home and in the office, respondents' familiarity with and use of the Internet, electronic banking, and information on informed consent and confidentiality regarding the survey. Demographic information includes ethnic origin, sex, age, marital status, and education.
  • Abstract

    The purpose of this survey series is to forecast changes in aggregate consumer behavior.
  • 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.; Created online analysis version with question text..
  • Abstract


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Public-Use Data
    • DS2: Restricted-Use Data
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 2003-08
  • Collection date: 2003-08
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Persons aged 18 years or older living in households with telephones within the coterminous United States. Smallest Geographic Unit: FIPS code
National sample of dwelling units selected by area probability sampling.
Collection Mode
  • computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI)
2020-06-15 A restricted-use version of the data, with the addition of respondent area code and FIPS variables, has been added to the collection.
One or more files in this study are not available for download due to special restrictions; consult the study documentation to learn more on how to obtain the data.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 32449 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR32449.v2
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Update Metadata: 2020-06-15 | Issue Number: 8 | Registration Date: 2015-06-16