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Washington Post Prince George's County Poll, July 1994

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
county government; elections; local elections; Maryland; political campaigns; politics; primary elections; public opinion; public schools; race relations; racial attitudes; voter attitudes; voting behavior
  • Abstract

    This special topic poll, conducted July 15-20, 1994, was undertaken to assess respondents' views on the state of affairs in Prince George's County, Maryland, and its upcoming county elections. Residents were polled on the biggest problems facing the county, whether things were going in the right or wrong direction, the quality of the public schools, whether the budget for public schools should be increased, decreased or maintained, and whether respondents would favor or oppose a tax increase if the money benefited the county's public schools. Views were sought on the quality of life in Prince George's County and whether it had improved, worsened, or stayed the same in the past ten years, whether respondents expected it to improve in the next ten years, what they liked the most and the least about living there, whether they would rather live somewhere else in the Washington area, and if so, where. Respondents were asked about the status of race relations in Prince George's County, whether it was improving, worsening, or staying the same, and how important it was that most people in their neighborhood shared their racial background. Questions regarding the Black and White populations of Prince George's County asked whether each group had too much, too little, or the right amount of influence in county politics, whether this influence was changing, and whether it would be better for the county if the population of these groups increased, decreased, or stayed the same. Residents were polled on the likelihood that they would vote in the upcoming Democratic primary election, their opinions of the candidates for county executive (Wayne Curry, Sue V. Mills, Artie Polk, and Beatrice Tignor), which candidate they would vote for, how strongly they supported him or her, how often they trusted county government to do what was right, and how important it was that the next county executive, school superintendent, or police chief elected was Black. Respondents also gave their impressions of Maryland gubernatorial candidate Parris Glendening, county attorney Robert Ostrom, and council member Richard Castaldi. Background variables include sex, age, education, religion, ethnicity, marital status, household income, number of children in household, political orientation, political party affiliation, voter registration and participation history, length of residency in Prince George's County, and previous residence.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1994-07
  • 1994-07-15 / 1994-07-20
    Collection date: 1994-07-15--1994-07-20
Geographic Coverage
  • Maryland
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Persons aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in Prince George's County, Maryland.
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) The data file contains suspicious characters in records 32, 85, 118, 124, 148, 291, 300, 361, 402, 497, 545, 599, 648, 650, 685, 840, 848, 878, 890, 912, and 993. To the best of ICPSR's knowledge and testing, the suspicious characters should not affect analysis. (2) Weight variables with two implied decimal places have been included and must be used in any analysis. (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.

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Alternative Identifiers
  • 3849 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR03849.v1

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

The Washington Post (2005): Washington Post Prince George's County Poll, July 1994. Archival Version. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.