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ABC News Welfare Reform Poll, January 1995

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • ABC News
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
educational programs; federal budget deficit; job training; public opinion; Simpson, O.J.; social reform; taxes; welfare legislation; welfare reform; welfare services
  • Abstract

    This special topic poll, fielded January 8-9, 1995, sought respondent views on welfare reform and the O.J. Simpson trial. Respondents were asked whether they would favor a reduction in welfare to help shorten the budget deficit and if they would prefer to limit welfare to two years for adults able to work. Opinions were also gathered as to who should and shouldn't receive welfare and the general sentiment towards welfare. Respondents were asked to speculate whether welfare recipients were lazy or just down on their luck. Questions also included whether respondents were willing to pay more in taxes to support job training and education programs that try to help people get off welfare. Topics included the coverage of the O.J. Simpson case, whether Simpson would get a fair trial, and the respondent's idea of whether Simpson was guilty. Demographic information includes political identification, political philosophy, level of education, date of birth, urban/suburban/rural residence, ethnicity, yearly income, and sex.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1995-01
  • 1995-01-08 / 1995-01-09
    Collection date: 1995-01-08--1995-01-09
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Persons aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in the contiguous 48 United States.
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.
Collection Mode
  • (1) Additional information about sampling, interviewing, weighting, and sampling error may be found in the codebook. (2) The data are provided as an SPSS portable 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, 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. (4) 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.

2008-01-29 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
  • 3834 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)

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

ABC News (2004): ABC News Welfare Reform Poll, January 1995. Version 1. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.