WCBS-TV News/New York Times New York City Poll #3, October 1993 (ICPSR 6328)

Published: Mar 16, 1995

Principal Investigator(s):
WCBS-TV News; The New York Times


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This special topic poll dealt with issues of concern to residents of New York City, focusing primarily on the 1993 mayoral race between David Dinkins, Rudolph Giuliani, and George Marlin. Respondents were questioned regarding their intentions to vote in the election, their current vote choices in the election, their opinions of the candidates, and their impressions of Dinkins' and Giuliani's leadership qualities, concern for the needs and problems of average New Yorkers, potential impact on race relations and the economy, toughness in dealing with crime, trustworthiness to deal with problems, and fairness. Respondents were asked to identify the problem they most wanted the next mayor to concentrate on, to evaluate David Dinkins' performance as mayor compared with past New York City mayors, to assess his treatment of Jews and Blacks, and to indicate whether Ed Koch's endorsement of Rudolph Giuliani would influence their vote. Respondents were also asked if Dinkins and Giuliani were spending more time attacking each other or explaining what they would do if elected, whether Dinkins or Giuliani was more responsible for negative campaigning, whether the candidates for mayor should be required to participate in televised debates, and whether George Marlin, the Conservative Party and Right-to-Life Party candidate, should also be included in the debates. Additional questions dealt with the 1993 elections for comptroller and public advocate, the city economy, race relations, personal safety, drugs in the respondents' neighborhoods, Bill Clinton's handling of his job as president, and whether Clinton's statement that many people are not willing to vote for people different from themselves is true of many New Yorkers. Background information on respondents includes voter registration status, financial situation compared to four years ago, political party, political orientation, vote choice in the 1992 presidential election, vote choice in the 1989 New York City mayoral election, borough of residence, labor union status, religious preference, education, age, sex, race, Hispanic origin, Italian origin, and family income.

WCBS-TV News, and The New York Times. WCBS-TV News/New York Times New York City Poll #3, October 1993. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1995-03-16. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06328.v1

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1993-10-20 -- 1993-10-24

A weight variable has been included and must be used for any analysis. The two previous studies in this series are WCBS-TV/NEW YORK TIMES NEW YORK CITY POLL, MAY 1993 (ICPSR 6203) and the WCBS-TV/NEW YORK TIMES NEW YORK CITY POLL #2, OCTOBER 1993 (ICPSR 6324).

Households were selected by a variation of stratified random-digit dialing. 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 New York City aged 18 and over having telephones at home.

telephone interviews

survey data




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