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ABC News "Nightline" Nanny Poll, November 1997

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • ABC News
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
convictions (law); courts; judicial decisions; juries; manslaughter; murder; public opinion; reduced sentences; verdict reversals; verdicts
  • Abstract

    This special topic poll, conducted on November 10, 1997, sought respondents' views on the same-day decision by a judge to reverse the jury verdict in the criminal case against British au pair Louise Woodward. Respondents were reminded of the October 1997 verdict in which a jury found Woodward guilty of killing a baby boy who was left in her care by shaking him. They were then asked to give their opinions on the judge's decision to reduce the verdict from murder to manslaughter and to reduce Woodward's sentence to the nine months she had spent in jail awaiting trial. Those queried were asked whether they believed that judges should have the power to change jury verdicts in criminal cases. The results of the poll were announced on the ABC television program "Nightline." Background information on respondents includes sex.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Collection Mode
  • (1) 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, hardcopy documentation has been converted to machine-readable form and variables have been recoded to ensure respondents' anonymity. (2) The codebook is provided 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 through the ICPSR Website on the Internet.

2006-11-10 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 2504 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

ABC News (1998): ABC News "Nightline" Nanny Poll, November 1997. Version 1. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.