ABC News Waco/Koresh Poll, April 1993 (ICPSR 6184)

Published: Sep 17, 2007

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This special topic poll explores the standoff between the FBI and other authorities and the "Branch Davidian" cult of Waco, Texas, led by David Koresh. Issues covered include the FBI's handling of the standoff, the initial raid on the Branch Davidian compound by federal agents in February 1993 and the resulting shootout leading to the standoff, and the FBI's effort to end the standoff by knocking holes in the cult's compound and pumping tear gas into the house. Respondents were asked if they thought the FBI should have waited longer before taking action to end the standoff, whether the fire that destroyed the compound was set on purpose by the cult members, and whether the deaths of the cult members could have been avoided if the standoff had been handled differently by the authorities. Additional questions concerned the amount of blame Koresh, his followers, the FBI, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, United States Attorney General Janet Reno, and President Bill Clinton deserved for the incident, and the effect of the Waco incident on the respondent's confidence in Clinton's ability to handle a crisis. Background information on respondents includes political party, age, and sex.

ABC News. ABC News Waco/Koresh Poll, April 1993. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-09-17.

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

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

Persons aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in the 48 contiguous United States.

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