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Washington Post Race Relations Poll, March 1988: Washington, DC (ICPSR 9063)

Principal Investigator(s): The Washington Post


This survey focuses on race relations in the greater Washington, DC area. Respondents were asked to name the most important problem facing the area, if the area was divided into two societies (one black and one white), if things were getting better/worse/staying the same for blacks in the area, and if the respondent had ever been discriminated against because of race in getting a quality education, housing, a job, or equal wages. In addition respondents were queried regarding the level of discrimination against blacks in the Washington, DC area and whether it was increasing, if the respondent agreed or disagreed with a number of statements regarding the causes and consequences of racial discrimination, the effects of government welfare and affirmative action programs, the racial composition of the respondent's immediate neighborhood, places in greater Washington, DC where people of the respondent's race would not be welcomed by local residents or where the respondent would feel uncomfortable living, and the respondent's social interactions with people of other races. Background information on respondents includes political alignment, education, marital status, household composition, income, receipt of government assistance, length of residency at present address, sex, and state/region of residence.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


Washington Post. WASHINGTON POST RACE RELATIONS POLL, MARCH 1988: WASHINGTON, DC. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1988. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1990. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09063.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09063.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Affirmative Action, African Americans, attitudes, public opinion, race relations, racial discrimination, racial segregation

Geographic Coverage:    District of Columbia, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1988-03-17--1988-03-24

Date of Collection:   

  • 1988-03-17--1988-03-24

Universe:    Adults aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in the greater Washington, DC area.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The data contain blanks and alphabetic characters.


Sample:    Random digit dialing.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1990-05-01


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