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Washington Post District of Columbia Mayoral Primary 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
Barry, Marion; congressional elections (US House); local elections; mayoral candidates; party membership; political corruption; politicians; voter preferences; voting behavior
  • Abstract

    This data collection focuses on the 1990 District of Columbia mayoral primary election. Respondents were asked if they were registered to vote, what their party designation was, if they intended to vote in the mayoral primary, for whom they would vote for mayor and nominee to run for delegate to the House of Representatives, toward which candidate they were leaning, and how strongly they supported that candidate. Respondents also were asked which problem the next mayor should work hardest to solve, if their favored candidate's position on specific issues or his/her past record and personal character were more important in their choice, how they rated the importance of various problems that the next mayor needed to address, if they approved of the influence that various groups had in District politics, and how important it was that the next mayor be a Black person and a man. Additionally, respondents were asked a series of questions concerning Marion Barry. They were asked if they would vote Barry for an at-large seat on the City Council, if they were satisfied with the outcome of the Barry trial, if Barry should have to serve time in jail, and if Barry should be re-tried on charges that the jury could not reach a verdict on. Background information on respondents includes section and ward of residence in the District, years of residence, 1986 mayoral vote choice, education, age, race, income, and sex.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1990-08-21 / 1990-08-27
    Time period: 1990-08-21--1990-08-27
  • 1990-08-21 / 1990-08-27
    Collection date: 1990-08-21--1990-08-27
Geographic Coverage
  • District of Columbia
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Adults aged 18 and over who were residents of the District of Columbia and were living in households with telephones.
Households were selected by random digit dialing. Within 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
  • The data contain blanks and alphabetic characters. A weight variable is included that must be used in any analysis.

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Alternative Identifiers
  • 9556 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09556.v1

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

The Washington Post (1991): Washington Post District of Columbia Mayoral Primary Poll, August 1990. Archival Version. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.