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Study Report

Study Number: LA-107-001-1-1-USA-ICPSR-1994

Subject Area: Public Opinion on Political Matters, Political Participation

Bibliographic Citation: CBS News/New York Times O.J. Simpson jury selection poll, September 1994.  [machine-readable data file] / CBS News  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 6609

Date Accessioned: 1/20/1997

Number of Files Received: 5

Comments: This CD-ROM [ICPSR PCD96003] contains recently released new data collections from the ICPSR. Beginning in 1996, ICPSR started periodic production and distribution to Official Representatives of CD-ROMs containing copies of data collections that have been recently acquired and released. Collections, or parts thereof, that are either too large or problematic for the CD-ROM media may not be included. Each collection included on this CD-ROM resides in its own subdirectory. In addition to the collection subdirectories, there are two other subdirectories used to organize information files on this and other Periodic Release CD-ROMs: \INFO and \INDEXES.

Access Status: Access restricted to U.W. Madison

Date Ordered: 1/20/1997

Documentation: Machine-readable; typically includes codebook and/or SAS, SPSS data definition statements.

Abstract: This special topic survey consists of responses to a survey of residents in Los Angeles regarding the O.J. Simpson jury selection process. Respondents were asked whether they received summons to appear for jury duty at the Los Angeles Superior Court on September 26, 1994, and how closely they followed the news coverage of O.J. Simpson and the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman. Specific questions included whether Simpson could get a fair trial in Los Angeles, whether the respondent had formed any opinions on the case, and whether the respondent, if appointed a juror, would have any difficulty in basing a judgment solely on evidence presented at the trial. Opinions were sought on the prosecution's and defense's strongest piece of information, the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles District Attorney's office, and the validity of DNA and other scientific testimony. Other topics included opinions on the criminal justice system and police officers in Los Angeles, with specific focus on possible biases against Blacks. Background information includes voter registration status, household composition, vote choice in the 1992 presidential election, political party, political orientation, education, age, sex, race, religious preference, and family income.

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