Detroit Area Study, 1998: White Racial Ideology

The Detroit Area Study on White Racial Ideology is a study of 400 adults of Caucasian or African-American descent in the Detroit metropolitan area.  Respondents were asked about their views on the role of government in addressing the needs of minorities and the poor in our nation such as: taxing the rich and big businesses more heavily than the working and middle class, and providing educational programs to poor and minorities. Other questions elicited respondent views on characteristics that some people associate with different groups. These characteristics included violence, laziness, being athletic, law-bidding, and intelligence. Additional items explored respondents’ attitudes toward poverty and the cause of poverty in the society. Demographic variables include age, sex, race, education, marital status, number of children, political view, choice of neighborhood, length of time at present residence, religion, income, occupation, original nationality of husband’s and wife’s family, home ownership, social class identification, and length of residency in Detroit.


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