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WABC/New York Daily News Cardinal O'Connor Poll, April 1990 (ICPSR 9457)

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


This survey focuses on issues related to Cardinal O'Connor, head of the New York Archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church. Respondents were asked if they approved of the way Mario Cuomo, David Dinkins, and O'Connor were handling their jobs, if they liked O'Connor personally and approved of his policies, if they thought their church or religious group should be more active in working for social justice and helping the poor, and if they thought various actions were morally wrong. In addition, respondents were asked how much they were guided in their own lives by Cardinal O'Connor's public statements on issues such as abortion, birth control, homosexuality, and AIDs, if they thought his views tended to be too liberal, and if they thought O'Connor should stay out of politics entirely. Catholic respondents also were asked if O'Connor's statements and actions made them proud to be Catholics, if O'Connor or their local parish clergy or Mario Cuomo represented their views better, and if they favored an American Catholic Church independent from Rome. Background information on respondents includes religion, political alignment, education, age, race, income, and sex.

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Study Description


WABC/New York Daily News. WABC/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS CARDINAL O'CONNOR POLL, APRIL 1990. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1990. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1991. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09457.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09457.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    abortion, AIDS, birth control, Catholic Church, Cuomo, Mario, Dinkins, David, homosexuality, public approval, public figures, public opinion, social issues, social justice

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

Time Period:   

  • 1990-04-16--1990-04-18

Date of Collection:   

  • 1990-04-16--1990-04-18

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

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The data contain blanks and alphabetic characters. A weight variable is included that must be used in any analysis.


Sample:    Households were selected by random digit dialing. Within household, the respondent selected was the adult living in the household who last had a birthday and who was at home at the time of the interview.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1991-05-03


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