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ABC News Crime Poll, November 1993 (ICPSR 6293)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News


This special topic poll focused on crime in the United States. Respondents were asked to estimate whether violent crime was going up or down in the United States and in their own neighborhoods. The survey also posed questions designed to estimate crime trends involving assault weapons and to determine whether respondents favored or opposed stronger legislation controlling the distribution of handguns and assault weapons in the United States. Additional questions related to legislation that would put a heavy tax on bullets. Respondents were asked whether they thought that stronger legislation controlling the distribution of handguns in the United States and the tax on bullets would reduce the amount of crime and violence, and if respondents would give up some of their freedoms if it meant a reduction in criminal activity. Demographic variables include race and sex.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News. ABC NEWS CRIME POLL, NOVEMBER 1993. ICPSR version. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1993. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1996. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06293.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06293.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    assault weapons, attitudes, crime, gun control, gun control legislation, gun regulation, neighborhoods, public opinion, violent crime

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1993-11

Date of Collection:   

  • 1993-11

Universe:    Adults aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in the 48 contiguous United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

A weight variable with two implied decimal places, applied only for sex, has been included and must be used in any analysis.


Sample:    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 interview.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1996-11-21


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