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Study Report

Study Number: LA-149-001-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1997

Subject Area: Public Opinion on Political Matters, Political Participation

Bibliographic Citation: ABC News media poll, Janurary 1997.  [machine-readable data file] / ABC News  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 2171

Date Accessioned: 8/30/1999

Number of Files Received: 0

Comments: Data are ftpable from ICPSR by DPLS staff.

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison Campus

Date Ordered: 8/15/1999

Documentation: Machine-readable PDF codebook file.

Abstract: This special topic poll sought respondents' views on national and local media practices. Respondents were asked to compare the ethics and honesty of television and print news media, politicians, business corporations, average Americans, and the government. Those queried were asked to assess the media's treatment of politicians, various socioeconomic classes, religious groups, celebrities, Republicans, Democrats, the military, the Clinton administration, and big business. Respondents were also asked to rate their enjoyment of news reports on movie stars, athletes, and politicians and to comment on the relevance of news stories in general to their lives. Additional topics covered the influence of network television on viewers, the benefits and drawbacks of investigative report shows, the media's respect or disrespect of privacy, and the power of the media to limit political corruption and dangerous business practices. Demographic variables include age, race, sex, education, family income, employment status, political party, political orientation, tendency to watch television news programs, and demographics of residence.

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