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Washington Post Mayor Barry Poll, January 1990

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
attitudes; Barry, Marion; drug law offenses; drug use; local elections; mayoral candidates; public opinion; resignation from office
  • Abstract

    This survey was conducted following the arrest of District of Columbia mayor Marion Barry on drug charges. Respondents were asked if they had read or heard anything about the arrest, if they thought Barry should resign, if federal investigators would have tried harder or not so hard to arrest Barry had he been white, and if they thought Barry was indeed using drugs on the night in question. Respondents were also asked for whom they would vote if the mayoral primary were held that day, toward which candidate they were leaning, whether they would vote for Jesse Jackson if he were a candidate, and whether they would vote for Jesse Jackson or Maurice Turner if the mayoral election were held that day. Background information on respondents includes political alignment, registered voter status, age, race, sex, and income.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1990-01
  • Collection date: 1990-01
Geographic Coverage
  • District of Columbia
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Adults aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in the District of Columbia. Smallest Geographic Unit: city
Households were selected by random digit dialing. Within each household, the respondent selected was the adult living in the household who last had a birthday, was at home at the time of the interview, and was a resident of the District.
Collection Mode
  • telephone interview

2015-04-14 SPSS, SAS, and Stata setup files, as well as SPSS and Stata system files, a SAS transport (CPORT) file, a tab-delimited data file, and an R data file have been added to the collection. The codebook was updated.
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
  • 9437 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09437.v1

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 8 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

The Washington Post (1991): Washington Post Mayor Barry Poll, January 1990. Archival Version. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.