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ABC News Welfare Reform Poll, January 1995 (ICPSR 3834)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News


This special topic poll, fielded January 8-9, 1995, sought respondent views on welfare reform and the O.J. Simpson trial. Respondents were asked whether they would favor a reduction in welfare to help shorten the budget deficit and if they would prefer to limit welfare to two years for adults able to work. Opinions were also gathered as to who should and shouldn't receive welfare and the general sentiment towards welfare. Respondents were asked to speculate whether welfare recipients were lazy or just down on their luck. Questions also included whether respondents were willing to pay more in taxes to support job training and education programs that try to help people get off welfare. Topics included the coverage of the O.J. Simpson case, whether Simpson would get a fair trial, and the respondent's idea of whether Simpson was guilty. Demographic information includes political identification, political philosophy, level of education, date of birth, urban/suburban/rural residence, ethnicity, yearly income, and sex.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News. ABC NEWS WELFARE REFORM POLL, JANUARY 1995. ICPSR version. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1995. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-01-29. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03834.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03834.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    educational programs, federal budget deficit, job training, public opinion, Simpson, O.J., social reform, taxes, welfare legislation, welfare reform, welfare services

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1995-01

Date of Collection:   

  • 1995-01-08--1995-01-09

Unit of Observation:    individuals

Universe:    Persons aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in the contiguous 48 United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) Additional information about sampling, interviewing, weighting, and sampling error may be found in the codebook. (2) The data are provided as an SPSS portable file. (3) This collection has not been processed by ICPSR staff. ICPSR is distributing the data and documentation for this collection in essentially the same form in which they were received. When appropriate, documentation has been converted to Portable Document Format (PDF), data files have been converted to non-platform-specific formats, and variables have been recoded to ensure respondents' anonymity. (4) The codebook is provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.


Sample:    Households were selected by random-digit dialing. Within households, the respondent selected was the adult living in the household who last had a birthday and who was home at the time of the interview.

Data Source:

telephone interviews

Restrictions: This data collection may not be used for any purpose other than statistical reporting and analysis. Use of these data to learn the identity of any person or establishment is prohibited.


Original ICPSR Release:   2004-06-17

Version History:

  • 2008-01-29 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.



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