Principal Investigator(s): WCBS-TV News; The New York Times
This special topic poll dealt with issues of concern to residents of New York City and focused primarily on the mayoral campaign. Respondents were questioned regarding David Dinkins' handling of his job as mayor, their opinions of mayoral candidates David Dinkins, Rudolph Giuliani, Roy Innis, Andrew Stein, and Herman Badillo, their level of satisfaction with the mayoral candidates, whom they intended to vote for in the mayoral election, and whether Ed Koch's endorsement of a mayoral candidate would make a difference in how they voted. With the departure of Herman Badillo from the mayoral race, respondents were asked if Badillo's possible bid for comptroller and support of Giuliani's candidacy would influence their support for Giuliani. Those surveyed were also asked whether the candidates had strong leadership qualities, whether race relations would improve with the election of Dinkins, Giuliani, or Stein, whether Dinkins was tough enough to deal with the crime problem in New York City, and which of the problems facing New York City the next mayor should concentrate most on. Respondents' opinions regarding life in New York City was gauged by items inquiring whether life had improved in the last four years, whether race relations were generally good, whether the police treated both whites and Blacks fairly, whether the city and the respondents' neighborhoods were more safe than four years ago, and whether the city and the respondents' neighborhoods would be better places to live 10-15 years from now. Additional questions dealt with the New York City police department, the New York City city council, the distribution of condoms in New York City public high schools, the quality of public schools in New York City, homosexuals and homosexuality, the firing of the New York City Schools Chancellor Joseph Fernandez, immigrants, Cardinal John O'Connor, the Catholic church, Elizabeth Holtzman, and Al Sharpton. Background information on respondents includes crime victimization, gay or lesbian friend/family member, political party, political orientation, vote choice in the 1989 Democratic primary and general election for mayor, borough, parental status, children who attend public school, labor union membership, religious preference, attendance at religious services, education, age, race, Hispanic origin, family income, and sex.
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WCBS-TV News/The New York Times. WCBS-TV NEWS/NEW YORK TIMES NEW YORK CITY POLL, MAY 1993. New York, NY: WCBS-TV News [producer], 1993. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1994. doi:10.3886/ICPSR06203.v1
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06203.v1
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Universe: Residents of New York City aged 18 and over having telephones at home.
Data Types: survey data
Data Collection Notes:
A weight variable has been included and must be used for any analysis.
Sample: A variation of random digit dialing was employed. Within households, respondents were selected using a method developed by Leslie Kish and modified by Charles Backstrom and Gerald Hursh (see Backstrom and Hursh, SURVEY RESEARCH [Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1963]).
Original ICPSR Release: 1994-03-10
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