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ABC News O.J. Simpson Domestic Violence Poll, June 1994 (ICPSR 3848)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News


This special topic poll, conducted June 19-23, 1994, was undertaken to assess respondents' views on O.J. Simpson and domestic violence. Respondents were asked whether they had heard about the case involving O.J. Simpson, whether they previously admired O.J. Simpson, whether they had lost their admiration for him, and if they still admired him for his previous accomplishments. Views were sought on how serious the problem of domestic violence was in the United States, whether police, prosecutors, judges, and laws were too tough or not tough enough in combating spouse abuse, and whether respondents would support or oppose a proposed law requiring police to arrest anyone seriously suspected of spouse abuse, even if the victim did not want to press charges. Respondents were also polled on whether they or a close friend or relative had ever been physically abused by their partner, how often it occurred, whether it was still continuing, whether it was reported to the police, whether the respondent was injured, and whether the abuser was arrested. Other topics addressed respondents' interest in professional football. Background variables include sex, age, and ethnicity.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News. ABC NEWS O.J. SIMPSON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE POLL, JUNE 1994. ICPSR version. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1994. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-09-18.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    attitudes, domestic violence, public opinion, Simpson, O.J., social issues

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1994-06

Date of Collection:   

  • 1994-06-19--1994-06-23

Unit of Observation:    individuals

Universe:    Persons aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in the contiguous 48 United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) Additional information about sampling, interviewing, weighting, and sampling error may be found in the codebook. (2) This collection has not been processed by ICPSR staff. ICPSR is distributing the data and documentation for this collection in essentially the same form in which they were received. When appropriate, documentation has been converted to Portable Document Format (PDF), data files have been converted to non-platform-specific formats, and variables have been recoded to ensure respondents' anonymity. (3) The codebook is provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.


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

Data Source:

telephone interviews

Restrictions: This data collection may not be used for any purpose other than statistical reporting and analysis. Use of these data to learn the identity of any person or establishment is prohibited.


Original ICPSR Release:   2004-04-28

Version History:

  • 2007-09-18 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.



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