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ABC News "Nightline" Crime Poll, November 1994 (ICPSR 3868)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News


This special topic poll, fielded November 17, 1994, was undertaken to assess public opinion on the issue of crime control and prison management. Respondents were asked what they believed was the most important problem facing the country and whether they believed that the federal government could do anything to resolve the problem of crime. Those surveyed were asked if they favored longer sentences for repeat offenders and if they would support the building of more prisons even if their taxes would increase as a result. Respondents were asked whether they agreed or disagreed with certain statements regarding progress in the crime problem and other issues. Additional questions asked respondents if they thought violent crime in the country was going up or down and if they were willing to give up freedoms to reduce crime and violence. The results of the poll were announced on the television program "Nightline." Background variables include political affiliation and sex.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News. ABC NEWS "NIGHTLINE" CRIME POLL, NOVEMBER 1994. ICPSR version. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1994. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-11-13. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03868.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03868.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    attitudes, crime, crime control, prison construction, prisons, public opinion, recidivists, social issues, violent crime

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1994-11

Date of Collection:   

  • 1994-11-17

Unit of Observation:    individuals

Universe:    Persons aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in the contiguous 48 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:   2004-09-02

Version History:

  • 2006-11-13 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.



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