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ABC News Privacy and Harassment Poll, June 1994

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • ABC News
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
attitudes; Clinton, Bill; Hill, Anita; Jones, Paula; information; information management; information technology; information use; international relations; North Korea; privacy; public information; public opinion; sexual harassment; social issues; Thomas, Clarence
  • Abstract

    This special topic poll was undertaken to assess respondents' opinions on and concerns about privacy and sexual harassment. Respondents were asked whether computers and technology, companies keeping personal information on their customers, credit agencies recording and disclosing credit information, and access to public government records by third parties constituted invasions of privacy. Respondents were polled on whether they worried about government agencies or private companies like credit card companies misusing their personal information or their personal information being accessed by hackers or by persons monitoring their phone conversations. In addition, respondents were asked whether they had ever been a victim of information misuse, whether they were concerned about the accuracy of public records about them, and whether there should be laws governing third party access to personal information without consumer consent, the inclusion of corrections and criticisms of personal information, notification of the types of information held by an organization about an individual, and access to one's personal information for a minimal fee. Opinions were gathered on President Clinton's handling of relations with North Korea, whether the United Nations should have imposed a trade embargo on North Korea, whether the United States and its allies should have taken military action against North Korea, and whether dealings with North Korea involved interests vital to the United States. Respondents were also queried on whether sexual harassment in the workplace was a problem in the United States, whether respondents themselves had ever been harassed, and if they reported the harassment, the outcomes of reporting the harassment, the reasons one may or may not report sexual harassment, and whether the accuser or accused is more likely to be believed in sexual harassment cases. Views were gathered on whether it is easy or hard to legally file sexual harassment charges, whether sexual harassment may be brought on by one's clothing and/or behavior, whether President Clinton sexually harassed former Arkansas state employee Paula Jones, and whether Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas sexually harassed Anita Hill. Demographic information includes age, education, ethnicity, employment status, political orientation, and sex.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1994-06
  • Collection date: 1994-06
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) 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. (3) 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.

2007-07-30 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
  • 3845 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)

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

ABC News (2004): ABC News Privacy and Harassment Poll, June 1994. Version 1. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.