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New York Times Race Relations Survey, March 1987: New York City (ICPSR 9214)

Principal Investigator(s): The New York Times


This survey examines the attitudes of New Yorkers towards race relations. Topics covered include the racial composition of the respondent's neighborhood and friends, the most important white and black leaders in New York City, police brutality, discrimination on racial grounds for housing and jobs, crime, and important problems facing New York City such as drugs, transportation, the poor and homeless, corruption, and illegal aliens. Additional questions asked of respondents include if they approved or disapproved of the way Ed Koch has handled his job as mayor, if New York City courts were tougher on blacks or whites, if the level of racial discrimination had increased or decreased, and if a preference in hiring or promotion should be given to blacks. Background information on individuals includes party affiliation, age, income, sex, religious preference, education, and race.

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Study Description


The New York Times. New York Times Race Relations Survey, March 1987: New York City . ICPSR09214-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-07-25.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Affirmative Action, courts, crime, drugs, homelessness, housing, immigrants, jobs, leadership, neighborhoods, police brutality, poverty, public opinion, race relations, racial discrimination, transportation

Geographic Coverage:    New York City, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1987-03-08--1987-03-11

Date of Collection:   

  • 1987-03-08--1987-03-11

Universe:    Adults in New York City.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

There are multiple records per case.


Sample:    Random sample.

Data Source:

telephone interviews

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.


Original ICPSR Release:   1990-05-01

Version History:

  • 2011-07-25 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.

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