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Study Report

Study Number: LA-014-001-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1961

Subject Area: Public Opinion on Political Matters, Political Participation

Bibliographic Citation: Detroit area study, 1961: work group influence and political participation.  [machine-readable data file] / Miller, Warren E.  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 7285

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: Hard copy codebook.

Abstract: As part of the 1960-1961 Detroit Area Study, 419 workers were interviewed in the winter of 1961. The workers were members of the United Auto Workers union. Respondents were asked how long they had worked on their job, what their job duties were, and whether they were satisfied with their job. Another set of questions covered their length of union membership, their union activity, their conceptions of what the role of their union should be and their satisfaction with the job their union was doing. Political questions covered the good and bad points of political parties, the Kennedy-Nixon debates, the political issues facing the nation, party identification, past and present vote in state and national elections, and political participation. The social structure of the work group was probed and the respondent was questioned about the importance of politics in work group relationships. Demographic variables included class, age, organizational membership, religion, education, occupation, income, and race.

SUBJECT TERMS: employment. membership. political attitudes and behavior. political participation. unions. urban affairs. work. workers. working conditions. Michigan-Detroit.

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