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CBS News/New York Times O.J. Simpson Jury Selection Poll, September 1994 (ICPSR 6609)

Principal Investigator(s): CBS News; The New York Times


This special topic survey consists of responses to a survey of residents in Los Angeles regarding the O.J. Simpson jury selection process. Respondents were asked whether they received a summons to appear for jury duty at the Los Angeles Superior Court on September 26, 1994, and how closely they followed the news coverage of O.J. Simpson and the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman. Specific questions included whether Simpson could get a fair trial in Los Angeles, whether the respondent had formed any opinions on the case, and whether the respondent, if appointed a juror, would have any difficulty in basing a judgment solely on evidence presented at the trial. Opinions were sought on the prosecution's and defense's strongest piece of information, the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles District Attorney's office, and the validity of DNA and other scientific testimony. Other topics included opinions on the criminal justice system and police officers in Los Angeles, with specific focus on possible biases against Blacks. Background information includes voter registration status, household composition, vote choice in the 1992 presidential election, political party, political orientation, education, age, sex, race, religious preference, and family income.

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Study Description


CBS News, and The New York Times. CBS News/New York Times O.J. Simpson Jury Selection Poll, September 1994 . ICPSR06609-v3. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-05-19. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06609.v3

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06609.v3

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Scope of Study

Time Period:   

  • 1994-09

Date of Collection:   

  • 1994-09-21--1994-09-24

Universe:    Adult population of Los Angeles aged 18 and over having telephones at home.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) A weight variable has been included and must be used for any analysis. (2) Telephone exchanges and the jury summons variable have been recoded to missing for reasons of confidentiality. (3) The codebook is provided as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Website.


Sample:    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]).

Data Source:

telephone interviews

Extent of Processing:   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.


Original ICPSR Release:   1996-10-01

Version History:

  • 2011-05-19 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.
  • 2000-08-28 The codebook appendix file that clarifies codes for many of the standard demographic variables has been merged into the codebook.
  • 2000-06-21 The variable "first name" was removed to further ensure the privacy of respondents. Also, the codebook is now available as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file.

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