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Public Opinion Center (Dayton, Ohio) Records

Identifier: MS-110

Scope and Content

The Public Opinion Center Records document the survey and compiled results of studies conducted from 1970 to 1975. The issues covered are social, political, and business in nature. Topics are wide-ranging and cover Dayton and surrounding area communities. Strengths are city and county government, and Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (MVRPC) surveys. Records are arranged chronologically by survey and include survey descriptions, survey questions, answers to survey questions, survey results and data sheets. Some studies give a broad overview of attitudes toward various issues; others are more specific in their approach. Statistics were used with varying frequency to supplement some of the studies.

The collection consists of typed, bound or stapled sheets and provides invaluable research information about local attitudes in Dayton, Montgomery County, and other area communities. The material has been copied from the original survey reports. Through these documents the researcher can trace the development of public attitudes in the Dayton-Miami Valley area during the first half of the 1970s.


  • Creation: 1970-1975


Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on accessing materials in this collection.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

History of Public Opinion Center (Dayton, Ohio)

Established as a project of the Dayton-Miami Valley Consortium (now the Southwestern Ohio Council of Higher Education), the Public Opinion Center was established for urban research purposes, enhancing urban communications, testing public acceptance of programs, measuring attitudes on issues, and heightening awareness. A non-profit and non-partisan entity, the Public Opinion Center used student and faculty resources of the Dayton Miami Valley Consortium to conduct numerous surveys across a spectrum of issues. Initial funding for the organization was provided by a grant from the Kettering Foundation.


1.67 linear feet

Language of Materials




The Public Opinion Center Records contains surveys conducted in the Dayton area between 1970 and 1975. The breadth of the surveys is wide covering topics on schools, government, housing, health, and a number of other social, political, and economic issues. Some surveys contain the full raw dataset while others in the collection are summaries compiled by the center for public release.

Statement of Arrangement

The records are arranged chronologically.

Acquisition Information

The Public Opinion Center Records were transferred to Wright State University, Special Collections and Archives in 1976 as part of a larger collection.

Guide to the Public Opinion Center (Dayton, Ohio) Records (MS-110)
Finding aid prepared by Timothy J. Syzek, 1981
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2018 April: Collection was housed into folders and the finding aid revised according to the DACS standard by Craig Finnell.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Wright State University Libraries
Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA