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WABC-TV/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Race Relations Poll, January 1988 (ICPSR 9187)

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


This data collection examines race relations in New York City. Respondents were asked to name the most important black leader in New York City and to give their opinions on whether income and living conditions were getting better or worse for most blacks and whether there was more or less anti-white/anti-black feeling among members of the other race. In addition, respondents were asked if they agreed or disagreed with these statements: 1) The police and the courts treat blacks as fairly as they treat whites, 2) If blacks tried harder they could be just as well off as whites, 3) Discrimination has unfairly held blacks down but many problems today are brought on by blacks themselves, and 4) Blacks have been held back because Jews control the educational system in the city. Additional topics covered include the Howard Beach incident in which several white youths were found guilty of manslaughter in the death of a black youth, the selection of the black educator Richard Green as chancellor of the city schools, and the respondent's opinion of several public figures. Background information on respondents includes religion, race, sex, and borough of residence.

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Study Description


WABC-TV/New York Daily News. WABC-TV/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS RACE RELATIONS POLL, JANUARY 1988. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1989. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1990. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09187.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09187.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    African Americans, courts, educational systems, income, Jews, leadership, living conditions, police community relations, public opinion, race relations, racial discrimination, racial tensions

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

Time Period:   

  • 1988-01-05--1988-01-06

Date of Collection:   

  • 1988-01-05--1988-01-06

Universe:    Adults aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in New York City.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

A weight variable is included that must be used in any analysis.


Sample:    Random digit dialing.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1990-05-01


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