Washington Post Mayor Barry Verdict Poll, August 1990 (ICPSR 9555)

Published: May 5, 2015

Principal Investigator(s):
The Washington Post



Version V2

This data collection focuses on issues related to the verdict in District of Columbia's mayor Marion Barry's trial. Respondents were asked if they thought Barry had received a fair trial, if the jury had done a good job, and if the federal government's investigation that led to Barry's indictment was racially motivated. They were also asked if they thought the news coverage of the Barry case had been generally fair, if the trial increased or decreased racial tensions in the District, and if Barry should have to serve some time in jail. Other questions investigated opinions on whether Barry should run for mayor or city council, whether he should be re-tried on some of the charges that the jury could not reach a verdict on, whether he should resign, and whether United States Attorney Jay Stephens should resign. Demographic variables include information on respondents' registered voter status, section of residence in the District, age, education, race, sex, and income.

The Washington Post. Washington Post Mayor Barry Verdict Poll, August 1990. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2015-05-05. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09555.v2

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

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


Adults aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in the District of Columbia.


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telephone interview



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2015-05-05 SPSS, SAS, and Stata setup files, as well as SPSS and Stata system files, a SAS transport (CPORT) file, a tab-delimited data file, and an R data file have been added to the collection. The codebook was updated.

A weight variable (WEIGHT) is included and must be used in any analysis.


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