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Washington Post Mayor Barry Poll, January 1990 (ICPSR 9437)

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This survey was conducted following the arrest of District of Columbia mayor Marion Barry on drug charges. Respondents were asked if they had read or heard anything about the arrest, if they thought Barry should resign, if federal investigators would have tried harder or not so hard to arrest Barry had he been white, and if they thought Barry was indeed using drugs on the night in question. Respondents were also asked for whom they would vote if the mayoral primary were held that day, toward which candidate they were leaning, whether they would vote for Jesse Jackson if he were a candidate, and whether they would vote for Jesse Jackson or Maurice Turner if the mayoral election were held that day. Background information on respondents includes political alignment, registered voter status, age, race, sex, and income.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


The Washington Post. Washington Post Mayor Barry Poll, January 1990. ICPSR09437-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2015-04-14. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09437.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   attitudes, Barry, Marion, drug law offenses, drug use, local elections, mayoral candidates, public opinion, resignation from office

Smallest Geographic Unit:   city

Geographic Coverage:   District of Columbia, United States

Time Period:  

  • 1990-01

Date of Collection:  

  • 1990-01

Unit of Observation:   individual

Universe:   Adults aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in the District of Columbia.

Data Types:   survey data


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

Time Method:   Cross-sectional

Kind of Data:   quantitative

Mode of Data Collection:   telephone interview

Data Source:

telephone interviews

Extent of Processing:  ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


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Version History:

  • 2015-04-14 SPSS, SAS, and Stata setup files, as well as SPSS and Stata system files, a SAS transport (CPORT) file, a tab-delimited data file, and an R data file have been added to the collection. The codebook was updated.



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