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Study Report

Study Number: HA-005-002-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1957

Subject Area: Elites and Leadership

Bibliographic Citation: Detroit area study, 1957: leadership survey.  [machine-readable data file] / Eldersveld, Samuel  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 7107

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: Hard copy, 2 volumes.

Abstract: Data on respondents' political activities and attitudes were collected during the fall of 1956 and early spring of 1957 in Wayne County, Michigan, from 77 Republican and 72 Democratic precinct leaders. The interviews focused especially on county, district, and precinct level organization and activity as well as on related perceptions, attitudes, and behavior of the party leadership toward party structure at each level. Background variables established the respondent's age, sex, race, educational level, marital status, occupation, class, political affiliation, number of children, religious preference, and relationship to the head of the household. Demographic information was also collected on the respondent's father. A section gathered geographic information related to the respondent's living experience before coming to Detroit, and outlines the respondent's behavior regarding changing residences since coming to Detroit. Questions were asked of the respondent regarding use of the phone within the home. Items probing various influences on the respondent's political attitudes and behavior were included in the interview. These questions asked which of the mass media the respondent depended on most heavily for political information, and how often politics was discussed in meetings of family, friends, neighbors, and other groups to which the respondent belongs. The strength of the respondent's political party affiliation was explored as well as perceptions of differences between the major parties on various issues. Questions were also asked about the importance and frequency of voting, the respondent's knowledge and involvement in local party politics, knowledge of precinct workers and the state party chairman, and general attitudes toward politics and political figures such as Stevenson and Eisenhower. Also studied were the respondent's opinions regarding several controversial issues including national health care, school integration, ending the selective service system, and monetary aid to countries which were not anti-Communist. The sample consists of 149 respondents weighted to 281. There are 8 cards of data per respondent and 367 variables. Detroit Area Study, 1957: Party Leadership and Political Behavior and Intra-Class Correlation of Attitudes in Detroit (ICPSR 7280) is a closely related collection dealing with the political activities and attitudes of an adult cross-section sample.

SUBJECT TERMS: county-level. districts. organizational behavior. party leadership. political activities. political attitudes and behavior. political elites. political parties. political party preference. precinct-level. telephone use. urban affairs. voting attitudes and behavior. Michigan-Detroit.


Eldersveld, Samuel J. Political Parties: A Behavioral Analysis. Chicago: Rand McNally and Co., l964.

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