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ABC News Oklahoma City Bombing Poll, April 1995 (ICPSR 3841)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News


This special topic poll, fielded May 30, 1995, was undertaken to assess respondent views on the Oklahoma City bombing that took place on April 19, 1995. Questions gauged the respondent's faith in the government to catch the perpetrators of the bombing and their ability to prevent terrorist attacks against Americans. Respondents were also asked how concerned they were about the possibility of future terrorist attacks. Queries included whether the respondents were afraid that one of their friends or relatives might be the victim of a terrorist attack and whether the respondents would be willing to give up some liberties in order for the government to crack down on terrorism. Those surveyed were also asked to give their opinion on whether they believed the bombing was part of a wider conspiracy or the act of just a few terrorists. Demographic information includes party identification, ethnicity, and sex.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News. ABC News Oklahoma City Bombing Poll, April 1995. ICPSR03841-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-07-03. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03841.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03841.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    attitudes, Oklahoma City bombing, public opinion, social issues, terrorism, terrorist attacks, trust in government

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1995-04

Date of Collection:   

  • 1995-04

Unit of Observation:    individuals

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

Data Collection Notes:

Additional information about sampling, interviewing, weighting, and sampling error may be found in the codebook.

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.


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


Original ICPSR Release:   2004-06-17

Version History:

  • 2007-07-03 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.
  • 2004-12-08 File Specifications have been changed to reflect that the data file has two records per case and is a Card Image file as opposed to an SPSS portable file. The codebook has been updated with a processing note containing current information about weighting. The RESTRICTIONS field has been removed because it was redundant.



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