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ABC News "Nightline" Terry Nichols Poll, January 1998

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • ABC News
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
acquittals; capital punishment; government waste; life sentences; murder; Nichols, Terry; Oklahoma City bombing; verdicts
  • Abstract

    This special topic poll sought respondents' views on the jury verdict convicting Terry Nichols of conspiracy and involuntary manslaughter in connection with the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 and acquitting Nichols of first-degree murder and the use of a truck bomb in the bombing. Respondents were asked whether they believed that Nichols should have been found guilty of murder, whether Nichols should have received the death penalty, and whether the judge should sentence Nichols to life in prison or a lesser penalty. Those queried were also asked whether they believed that Nichols should be put on trial for the deaths of all the nonfederal employees who were killed in the bombing. An additional question asked respondents to provide their opinions regarding how many cents out of every dollar collected by the federal government are "wasted." The results of the poll were announced on the ABC television program "Nightline." Background information on respondents includes sex.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1998-01
  • Collection date: 1998-01
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Collection Mode
  • 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.

    A weight variable with two implied decimal places has been included and must be used in any analysis.

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
  • 2505 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)

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

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