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WCBS-TV News/New York Times New York City and Suburban Poll, November 1991 (ICPSR 9861)

Principal Investigator(s): WCBS-TV News; The New York Times


This data collection consists of responses to a general survey of residents of New York City and surrounding suburbs and exurbs regarding rekevant social and political issues. Respondents were asked to assess the job performance of New York governors Cuomo, Weicker, and Florio and of New York City Mayor David Dinkins, to rate the facilities and services available in their communities, and to identify whether juvenile delinquency and burglary were big problems in their communities. They were also asked whether they would approve of more tax money being spent on public schools, whether they favored or opposed growth in their communities, and whether their communities were more racially mixed than they were five years ago. Questions directed to respondents living in suburbs involved the frequency of and reasons for visits to New York City apart from work and the overall impact of events in New York City on their daily lives. Questions for New York City residents included whether the city's economy was better, worse, or about the same as it was five years ago and whether they would want to be living in the city four years from now. Other general topics addressed in the survey included the image of New York City, crime, race relations, immigrants, alcohol and drug abuse, homelessness, AIDS, and corruption in local government. Background information on respondents includes traveling time from home to midtown Manhattan, readership of New York City newspapers, radio station listening habits, years lived in present community, social class, political party affiliation, political orientation, religious preference, marital status, age, race, and family income.

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Study Description


WCBS-TV News, and The New York Times. WCBS-TV News/New York Times New York City and Suburban Poll, November 1991 . ICPSR09861-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1992. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09861.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09861.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    communities, crime, Cuomo, Mario, Dinkins, David, municipal services, neighborhoods, opinion polls, political issues, public opinion, schools, social issues

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

Time Period:   

  • 1991-11

Date of Collection:   

  • 1991-11

Universe:    Adults aged 18 and over in New York City and surrounding suburbs and exurbs (including New Jersey and Connecticut).

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

A weight variable has been included that must be used in any analysis. Area codes, exchange codes, and telephone numbers have been recoded to "999" and names of respondents have been blanked for reasons of confidentiality.


Sample:    Stratified random digit dialing.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1993-02-14

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