New York Times Race Poll, June 2000 (ICPSR 2987)

Published: Jan 16, 2009

Principal Investigator(s):
The New York Times


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This special topic poll, fielded June 21-29, 2000, queried respondents on their attitudes regarding race. This poll oversampled Black respondents, providing an insight into the demographic characteristics and political perspectives of Blacks or African-Americans. Respondents were asked a series of questions about perceptions of racial relations, attitudes about integration of neighborhoods, the workplace, and schools, experiences with racial discrimination, knowledge of Black history, and the relevance and importance of engaging in race relations dialogues. Respondents were asked to compare the opportunities available to their generation to the opportunities of past and future generations and what was the most important problem for the next generation to solve. In addition, respondents were asked for their views on issues such as racial profiling, interracial relationships, community/law enforcement relationships, and the representation of Blacks in professional and leadership positions. Demographic information includes age, employment status, sex, race, education, household income, religious preference, voter registration and participation history, political party, political orientation, ethnicity, marital status, type of residential area, and whether respondents had any school-age children in the household.

The New York Times. New York Times Race Poll, June 2000. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-01-16.

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2000-06-21 -- 2000-06-29

The producer for this dataset was CBS News in New York.

This poll includes an oversample of Black respondents as indicated in the OSMP variable.

The data available for download are not weighted and users will need to weight the data prior to analysis.

An oversample of Black respondents was conducted for this poll, for a total of 1075 interviews among this group. A variation of random-digit dialing using primary sampling units (PSUs) was employed, consisting of blocks of 100 telephone numbers identical through the eighth digit and stratified by geographic region, area code, and size of place. 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).

Adult population of the United States aged 18 and over having telephones at home.


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2009-01-16 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup and ready-to-go files were added to this study as well as a PDF codebook. MDRC classifications were added to this study.

2001-01-25 ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

The variables WGHT (Final Weight) and WGT3 (Original Weight) are to be used in analyses. Only one weight variable should be applied during any analysis.


  • Data in this collection are available only to users at ICPSR member institutions.

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