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WABC-TV/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Poll, February 1985 (ICPSR 8561)

Principal Investigator(s): WABC-TV; New York Daily News


This survey focuses on the New York City Police Department. Respondents were asked for their opinions on police performance, Commissioner Benjamin Ward, use of force in making arrests, and restrictions on use of force hampering and endangering police. A topic receiving major emphasis was the incident in which Mrs. Eleanor Bumpers was shot and killed by police. Questions on this topic included whether the officer involved was justified in the shooting, the probability that he would be found guilty of manslaughter, and whether the requests for transfer of all emergency service police should be granted.

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Study Description


WABC-TV, and New York Daily News. WABC-TV/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Poll, February 1985. ICPSR08561-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1988. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08561.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08561.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    crime, demographic characteristics, domestic policy, economic indicators, issues, local government, local politics, police officers, police performance, police protection, political attitudes, public opinion, social attitudes

Geographic Coverage:    New York (state), New York City, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1985-01

Date of Collection:   

  • 1985-01

Universe:    The population of New York City, aged 18 and over.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

For reasons of confidentiality, respondents' phone numbers have been replaced with blanks.


Sample:    Households were selected by random digit dialing.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1988-10-25


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