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ABC News "Nightline" Terry Nichols Poll, January 1998 (ICPSR 2505)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News


This special topic poll sought respondents' views on the jury verdict convicting Terry Nichols of conspiracy and involuntary manslaughter in connection with the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 and acquitting Nichols of first-degree murder and the use of a truck bomb in the bombing. Respondents were asked whether they believed that Nichols should have been found guilty of murder, whether Nichols should have received the death penalty, and whether the judge should sentence Nichols to life in prison or a lesser penalty. Those queried were also asked whether they believed that Nichols should be put on trial for the deaths of all the nonfederal employees who were killed in the bombing. An additional question asked respondents to provide their opinions regarding how many cents out of every dollar collected by the federal government are "wasted." The results of the poll were announced on the ABC television program "Nightline." Background information on respondents includes sex.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News. ABC News "Nightline" Terry Nichols Poll, January 1998. ICPSR02505-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-11-10. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02505.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02505.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    acquittals, capital punishment, government waste, life sentences, murder, Nichols, Terry, Oklahoma City bombing, verdicts

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1998-01

Date of Collection:   

  • 1998-01

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

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, hardcopy documentation has been converted to machine-readable form and variables have been recoded to ensure respondents' anonymity.

A weight variable with two implied decimal places has been included and must be used in any analysis.



Original ICPSR Release:   1998-08-24

Version History:

  • 2006-11-10 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.



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