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Washington Post Washington, DC, Finance and Home Rule Poll, February 1995

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • The Washington Post
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
Barry, Marion; budget cuts; Gingrich, Newt; Jackson, Jesse; United States Congress
  • Abstract

    This special topic poll, conducted January 28-February 2, 1995, was undertaken to assess respondents' opinions of Washington, DC, Mayor Marion Barry, his job performance, and his handling of the city's budget problems. Residents of Washington, DC, were polled on their level of trust in Mayor Marion Barry, the city council, and the United States Congress to make budget cuts fairly, whether each was trying hard enough to deal with the city's budget problems, whether Mayor Marion Barry was moving too quickly or too slowly in making budget cuts, and whether factors like a poor economy and too many city workers were important factors in the city's budget crisis. Respondents were asked whether the city was moving in the right or wrong direction, and rated the quality of Washington, DC's, parks and recreation facilities, programs for the elderly, public schools, public health facilities, public libraries, and streets, as well as the job done by city police, fire department, and ambulance services. Views were sought on United States Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton, City Council Chairperson David Clarke, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, and political activist Jesse Jackson. Respondents were polled on whether they favored or opposed Congress appointing a federal board to temporarily manage the city's finances, whether Congress should take permanent control of the city's finances, and whether Newt Gingrich was serious about helping the city solve its financial problems. A series of questions addressed the effects of the budget cuts on rich, middle class, and poor residents of the city, and whether cutting spending and programs would make the city a better or worse place to live in the long run. Respondents were asked whether they wanted to move to the Maryland or Virginia suburbs, whether they had seriously considered moving, and whether the city's budget problems were a factor in their decision to move. Additional questions asked whether Washington, DC, should become a part of Maryland or a separate state. Background variables include sex, age, education, ethnicity, household income, political party, the part of the city in which the respondent resided, whether respondents were registered to vote, whether they voted in the last mayoral general election and Democratic mayoral primary election and if so, for whom.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1995-01 / 1995-02
    Time period: 1995-01--1995-02
  • 1995-01-28 / 1995-02-02
    Collection date: 1995-01-28--1995-02-02
Geographic Coverage
  • District of Columbia
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Persons aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in Washington, DC.
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
  • Additional information about sampling, interviewing, weighting, and sampling error may be found in the codebook.

    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.

This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 3837 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR03837.v1

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

The Washington Post (2004): Washington Post Washington, DC, Finance and Home Rule Poll, February 1995. Archival Version. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.