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ABC News Personal Liberty Poll, April 1995 (ICPSR 3842)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News


This special topic poll was undertaken to assess respondents' opinions on the extent of their personal liberties. Respondents were asked whether they felt federal laws improperly intruded on their personal liberties and if so, whether the government was trying to take away more of their personal liberties. Respondents' indicated whether they felt that their personal liberties had been intruded on by taxes or a ban on assault weapons, whether these intrusions were major or minor, and whether they were justified. Respondents were polled on whether the United Nations had too much, not enough, or the right amount of power and influence in the United States. Respondents were asked to give their opinions of how the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) handled the standoff with the Branch Davidian cult in Waco, Texas, and whether the amount of force used by the FBI was justified or excessive. Background information includes sex, political orientation, and political ideology.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News. ABC NEWS PERSONAL LIBERTY POLL, APRIL 1995. ICPSR version. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1995. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-07-06. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03842.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03842.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    assault weapons, civil rights, FBI, gun legislation, gun regulation, privacy, public opinion, taxes, United Nations

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 Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) Additional information about sampling, interviewing, weighting, and sampling error may be found in the codebook. (2) 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. (3) The codebook is provided by ICPSR 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 on the ICPSR Web site.


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

Restrictions: This data collection may not be used for any purpose other than statistical reporting and analysis. Use of these data to learn the identity of any person or establishment is prohibited.


Original ICPSR Release:   2004-03-03

Version History:

  • 2007-07-06 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.

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