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Study Report

Study Number: QA-006-001-1-1-United States-DPLS-1962

Subject Area: Citizen Attitudes Towards the Local Community

Bibliographic Citation: Community political systems study [U.S.], 1962.  [machine-readable data file] / Alford, Robert R.  [principal investigator(s)] / Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin. Data and Program Library Service  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 7092

Comments: This study is available from ICPSR as study 7092.

Access Status: Unrestricted access.

Documentation: 1 vol. hard copy and 1 vol. of statistical summary.

Abstract: Leaders and non-leaders in four central cities of independent metropolitan areas of Wisconsin were interviewed immediately following the April 1962 local elections. The interviews were conducted by the Survey Research Laboratory of the University of Wisconsin. The four central cities included in the sample are Madison, Kenosha, Racine, and Green Bay. In the cross-section, 1,853 respondents were interviewed (8 cards of data per respondent and approximately 415 variables): 458 in Racine, 330 in Kenosha, 305 in Green Bay, and 271 in Madison. The number of leaders interviewed were 135 in Racine, 120 in Kenosha, 110 in Green Bay, and 124 in Madison. The cross-section sample was a probability sample of the potential electorate. The leader sample included formal leaders and informal leaders. The data contain some blanks as legitimate codes. Questions covered the respondent's feelings about the community, length of residence, source of information (newspapers, magazines, newscasts) about local politics, ability to identify local officials, and activism in local politics. The respondents were also asked to identify major problems facing the community and which groups or individuals were working to solve these problems and which ones were blocking efforts at a solution. Several questions solicited the respondents' evaluation of the local school system. Respondents were asked which local services they would cut if a budget reduction were necessary and which ones they would like to see improved. Other questions covered the respondents' sense of alienation, efficacy, and civic duty. Respondents were also asked about state and national politics. They were asked to rank national leaders and whether they voted in state and national elections and for whom they voted. The set of questions included was designed to measure the respondents' economic orientation, international orientation, tolerance, racial attitudes, authoritarianism, and pro-McCarthyism. The respondents were also questioned about party identification and whether this had changed. Information was collected on the respondents' marital status, number of children, age, education, religion, occupation, income, property ownership, race, and the place of birth of parents and grandparents. In addition, the respondent was asked about social contacts, both with people and with organizations.

SUBJECT TERMS: alienation. civic duty. communities. community decision-making. community elites. community participation. elections. income. leadership. local politics. occupations. political activities. political efficacy. political system characteristics. urban affairs. United States. Wisconsin-Green Bay. Wisconsin-Kenosha. Wisconsin-Madison. Wisconsin-Racine.


Alford, Robert. Bureaucracy and Participation in Four Wisconsin Cities, Urban Affairs Quarterly, December 1969, pp. 5-30. Alford, Robert, and Harry M. Scoble. Sources of Local Political Involvement, American Political Science Review, Vol. LXII, No. 4, December 1968, pp. 1192-1206. Alford, Robert, and Harry M. Scoble. Community Leadership, Education, and Political Behavior, American Sociological Review, Vol. 33, No. 2, April 1968, pp. 259-272.

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7002 (CD-ROM)
7124 (CD-ROM)
7125 (CD-ROM)
7400 (CD-Rom)
7401 (CD-Rom)
9002 (USB Flask Drive)
9003 (USB Flask Drive)
9004 (SSCC network drive)