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WABC-TV/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Subway Shooting-Vigilante Poll, January 1985 (ICPSR 8555)

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This survey was conducted following the New York City subway shooting incident involving Bernhard Goetz. Respondents were asked if they were regular subway riders, if they had ever been mugged, if they had heard anything about the case so far, and if they approved or disapproved of the shooter's actions and his being charged with attempted murder. They also were asked to indicate whether they agreed with several statements relating to the incident and to handguns, including the necessity for people to arm themselves for their own protection.

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Study Description


WABC-TV, and New York Daily News. WABC-TV/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Subway Shooting-Vigilante Poll, January 1985. ICPSR08555-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1988. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08555.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   aggression, armaments, assault, commuting (travel), crime, crime prevention, criminal justice system, Goetz, Bernhard, local politics, murder, police protection, public opinion, social issues, transportation, values, victimization, vigilantism, violence

Geographic Coverage:   New York (state), New York City, United States

Time Period:  

  • 1985-01

Date of Collection:  

  • 1985-01

Universe:   The population of New York City aged 18 and over.

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

For reasons of confidentiality, the phone numbers of respondents have been replaced with blanks.


Sample:   Households were selected by random digit dialing.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


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