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Washington Post Mayor Barry Verdict Poll, August 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; convictions (law); drug law offenses; indictments; juries; media coverage; public opinion; racial attitudes; racial tensions; resignation from office; verdicts
  • Abstract

    This data collection focuses on issues related to the verdict in District of Columbia's mayor Marion Barry's trial. Respondents were asked if they thought Barry had received a fair trial, if the jury had done a good job, and if the federal government's investigation that led to Barry's indictment was racially motivated. They were also asked if they thought the news coverage of the Barry case had been generally fair, if the trial increased or decreased racial tensions in the District, and if Barry should have to serve some time in jail. Other questions investigated opinions on whether Barry should run for mayor or city council, whether he should be re-tried on some of the charges that the jury could not reach a verdict on, whether he should resign, and whether United States Attorney Jay Stephens should resign. Demographic variables include information on respondents' registered voter status, section of residence in the District, age, education, race, sex, and income.
  • Methods

    A weight variable (WEIGHT) is included and must be used in any analysis.
  • 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: Created variable labels and/or value labels.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1990-08-11
  • Collection date: 1990-08-11
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: district
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

    A weight variable (WEIGHT) is included that must be used in any analysis.

2015-05-05 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
  • 9555 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09555.v1

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

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