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

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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 or would not have tried harder to arrest Barry if he had been white, and if they thought Barry was or was not using drugs on the night in question. Respondents also were 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 general 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


Washington Post. WASHINGTON POST MAYOR BARRY POLL, JANUARY 1990. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1990. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1991. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09437.v1

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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

Geographic Coverage:   District of Columbia, United States

Time Period:  

  • 1990-01-19

Date of Collection:  

  • 1990-01-19

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 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.

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telephone interviews


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