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Study Report

Study Number: SM-017-001-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1992

Subject Area: Minorities and Race Relations

Bibliographic Citation: ABC News/Washington Post Los Angeles beating poll, April 1992.  [machine-readable data file] / ABC News  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 9941

Date Accessioned: 9/24/1993

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Date Ordered: 9/24/1993

Documentation: Codebook is machine-readable. Hard copy printed 9-93.

Abstract: This special topic poll dealt with race relations and the verdict handed down in the Rodney King beating case in Los Angeles. Respondents were asked to describe the state of race relations in the United States, to indicate whether a great deal of prejudice against Blacks was present among whites and vice versa, and to agree or disagree with statements such as ''Police in most cities treat Blacks as fairly as they treat whites,'' and ''The only time the federal government really pays attention to Black problems is when Blacks resort to violent demonstrations or riots.'' Respondents were also asked if Blacks and other minorities received the same treatment as whites in the criminal justice system. Concerning the jury verdict in the Rodney King beating case, respondents were asked if they had heard or read about the verdict, whether they had seen the videotape of the police officers hitting and kicking King, and whether the police officers were guilty of a crime. Those surveyed were also asked if the not-guilty verdict would do major damage to race relations in the United States, if they agreed that the verdict showed that Blacks could not get justice in this country, and if they agreed that the rioting after the King verdict would make whites less sympathetic to the problems of Blacks. In addition, respondents were asked if the United States Justice Department should charge the police officers with the crime of violating Rodney King's civil rights. Background information on respondents includes age, Hispanic origin, race, and sex.

SOURCE: telephone interviews

UNIVERSE: Adults aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in the 48 contiguous United States.

SAMPLE: Households were selected by random digit dialing. Within households, the respondent selected was the adult living in the household who last had a birthday and who was home at the time of the interview. The survey is national with a Black oversample.

NOTE: A weight variable with one implied decimal place has been included and must be used with any analysis.

EXTENT OF COLLECTION: 1 data file + machine-readable documentation (text).

DATA TYPE: survey data

DATA FORMAT: Card Image

TIME PERIOD: April 30, 1992

DATE OF COLLECTION: April 30, 1992

EXTENT OF PROCESSING BY ICPSR: NONNUM /BLANKS

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