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ABC News Manners Express Poll, May 1999

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • ABC News
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
media influence; public opinion; social behavior; social interaction; social values
  • Abstract

    This special topic poll, fielded May 5-9, 1999, sought respondents' views on manners. Those queried were asked to assess whether most of the people they encountered possessed good or bad manners, how most people's manners compared to two and three decades ago, and whether it was better for people to have good manners, yet hide what they really think. Respondents were asked whether the following were minor or major sources of bad manners in this country: stress, parental failure to instill good manners, educational institutions' failure to teach good manners, and television/movie influences. Those queried were asked whether enforcing good manners or allowing people freedom of expression was a greater societal good. Respondents were asked which of the following activities they had engaged in over the last few months: holding a door open for a stranger, using a swear word in public, speaking rudely to someone in public, and making an obscene gesture at another person while driving a car. Additional questions covered the content of children's television programs, and whether saying "please" and "thank you" would make the world a better place. Background information on respondents includes age, race, sex, education, age of people in household, and income.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Collection Mode
  • (1) The data are provided as an SPSS portable file. (2) The questions that appear within the survey instrument represent the ABC News "express" poll questions contained within a larger poll, comprised of questions from a variety of agencies. For information on the demographic variables, which do not appear within the documentation, consult the variable labels within the data file. (3) 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. (4) 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.

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Alternative Identifiers
  • 2772 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR02772.v1
  • Lee, Chris. Mean streets and rude workplaces: the death of civility. Training.36, (7), 24 -1999.

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

ABC News (1999): ABC News Manners Express Poll, May 1999. Archival Version. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.