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Washington Post District of Columbia Politics Poll, February 1992 (ICPSR 9886)

Principal Investigator(s): The Washington Post


This survey dealt with issues pertinent to residents of the District of Columbia. Those surveyed were asked about their views of the quality of life in the District of Columbia and their level of interest in District government and city affairs, how much of the time they trusted the District government to do what was right, whether corruption was a big problem in the District government, and whether the District government was generally efficient or inefficient. Respondents were asked to indicate whether they had favorable or unfavorable impressions of various public figures associated with the District, whether they approved of the job that Sharon Pratt Kelly was doing as mayor and the job that the District Council was doing, and whether Mayor Kelly deserved to be re-elected. The survey also asked respondents to evaluate Mayor Kelly's handling of various issues that faced their community, including eliminating waste and inefficiency in city government, improving the image of the mayor's office, and reducing corruption in city government. In addition, respondents were asked to characterize the relations between Mayor Kelly and the District Council, to identify who was more to blame for the fact that relations between the Council and the mayor were not better, and to indicate whether Mayor Kelly cared equally about serving all people. Background information on respondents includes voter registration status and party alignment, most recent mayoral vote choice, education, age, race, income, employment of a household member by the District government, and sex.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


Washington Post. WASHINGTON POST DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA POLITICS POLL, FEBRUARY 1992. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1992. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1992. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09886.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09886.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    attitudes, cities, government corruption, government performance, job performance, local government, mayors, public approval, public figures, public opinion, quality of life, trust in government

Geographic Coverage:    District of Columbia, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1992-01-30--1992-02-02

Date of Collection:   

  • 1992-01-30--1992-02-02

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

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

A weight variable with two implied decimal places has been included and must be used with any analysis.


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, who was at home at the time of the interview, and who was a resident of the District.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1993-02-14


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