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WABC-TV/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Subway Shooting Follow-up Poll, March 1985 (ICPSR 8562)

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


This survey is a follow-up poll on the subway shooting incident involving Bernhard Goetz. Respondents were queried for their opinions on Goetz's action and his claim of self-defense, whether their attitudes differed now from when they first heard of the case, the refusal of the grand jury to indict Goetz for attempted murder, the possibility of the District Attorney's office presenting new charges to a new grand jury, the characterization of Goetz as an innocent victim, and Mayor Koch's statements regarding the news media's handling of the case. Opinions on training New Yorkers in the use of firearms were also elicited.

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Study Description


WABC-TV, and New York Daily News. WABC-TV/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Subway Shooting Follow-up Poll, March 1985. ICPSR08562-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1988. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08562.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08562.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    aggression, armaments, assault, commuting (travel), crime, crime prevention, criminal justice system, Goetz, Bernhard, local politics, murder, police protection, public opinion, social issues, transportation, values, victimization, vigilantism, violence

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

Time Period:   

  • 1985-03

Date of Collection:   

  • 1985-03

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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