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ABC News/Washington Post Sex and Abortion Poll, May 1981

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • ABC News
  • The Washington Post
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
abortion; capital punishment; Catholic Church; corporations; Jewish peoples; labor unions; marijuana; military; Moral Majority; news media; political issues; pornography; premarital sex; presidency; presidential performance; public opinion; Reagan Administration (1981-1989); Reagan, Ronald; womens rights
  • Abstract

    This special-topic poll is part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicit public opinion on the presidency and on a range of political and social issues. This data collection consists of respondents' attitudes toward abortion under certain circumstances. Respondents were asked about their religious beliefs and if they personally knew someone who had an abortion. They were also questioned about the death penalty, premarital sex, coed dormitories, marijuana, pornography, and the status of women under the Reagan administration. Additional variables probed respondents' perceptions of groups such as big corporations, the Moral Majority, the Catholic church, military leaders, Jewish people, the news media, and labor unions. Demographic information on the respondents was collected, including race, age, sex, income and educational levels, type of residence, number and ages of children, and religious affiliation.
  • 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: Standardized missing values.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1981-05
  • 1981-05-17 / 1981-05-20
    Collection date: 1981-05-17--1981-05-20
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 8016 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Yang, Alan S.. Attitudes toward homosexuality. Public Opinion Quarterly.61, (3), 477-507.1997.
    • ID: 10.1086/297810 (DOI)
  • Keene, Karlyn H., Ladd, Everett Carll, Baggette, Jennifer, Benson, John, Zinsmeister, Karl. Crime, Cops, and Courts. Public Perspective.2, (5), 74 -1991.

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

ABC News; The Washington Post (1984): ABC News/Washington Post Sex and Abortion Poll, May 1981. Version 1. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.