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Washington Post Mayor Barry Verdict Poll, August 1990 (ICPSR 9555)

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This data collection focuses on issues surrounding the verdict in the trial of District of Columbia's mayor Marion Barry. Respondents were asked if they thought Barry had received a fair trial, if the jury had done a good job, and if the federal government's investigation of Barry that led to the indictments was racially motivated. Respondents also were asked if they thought news coverage of the Barry case was generally fair, if the trial increased or decreased racial tensions in the District, if Barry should have to serve some time in jail, if Barry should run for mayor, or city council, if Barry should be re-tried on some of the charges that the jury could not reach a verdict on, if United States Attorney Jay Stephens should resign, and if they thought Mayor Marion Barry should resign. Background information on respondents includes registered voter status, section of residence in the District, age, education, race, sex, and income.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


Washington Post. WASHINGTON POST MAYOR BARRY VERDICT POLL, AUGUST 1990. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1990. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1991. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09555.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   attitudes, Barry, Marion, convictions (law), drug law offenses, indictments, juries, media coverage, public opinion, resignation from office, verdicts

Geographic Coverage:   District of Columbia, United States

Time Period:  

  • 1990-08-11

Date of Collection:  

  • 1990-08-11

Universe:   Adults aged 18 and over living in households with telephones who were residents of the District of Columbia.

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The data contain blanks and alphabetic characters. A weight variable is included that must be used in any analysis.


Sample:   Households were selected by random digit dialing. Within household, the respondent selected was the adult living in the household who last had a birthday, was at home at the time of the interview, and was a resident of the District.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


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