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ABC News ESPN O.J. Simpson Interview Poll, January 1998 (ICPSR 2507)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News


This special topic poll sought respondents' views on O.J. Simpson, especially his comments during a recent interview with Esquire magazine, in which Simpson was quoted as saying, "Let's say I committed this crime. Even if I did do this, it would have been because I loved her very much, right?" Respondents were asked whether they believed that Simpson killed his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman, whether Simpson should be removed from the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and whether news shows should have him as an interview guest. The results of the poll were announced on the ESPN sports network. Background information on respondents includes age, sex, race, and ethnicity.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News. ABC News ESPN O.J. Simpson Interview Poll, January 1998. ICPSR02507-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-11-28. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02507.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02507.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    attitudes, celebrities, homicide, public opinion, Simpson, O.J.

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Data Collection Notes:

(1) 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, hardcopy documentation has been converted to machine-readable form and variables have been recoded to ensure respondents' anonymity. (2) The codebook is provided 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 through the ICPSR Website on the Internet. (3) A weight variable with two implied decimal places has been included and must be used in any analysis.



Original ICPSR Release:   1998-08-03

Version History:

  • 2006-11-28 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.



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