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ABC News/Washington Post Foreign Policy Poll, October 1981

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • ABC News
  • The Washington Post
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
attitudes; communist threat; foreign policy; international alliances; international relations; Middle East; military strength; nuclear war; oil reserves; presidency; public opinion; Reagan Administration (1981-1989)
  • 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 other political and social issues. This data collection assesses respondents' attitudes toward foreign policy under the Reagan administration. Included were questions measuring attitudes toward the Soviet Union, the relative military strength of the United States, and American relations with Arab nations, Israel, and western Europe. Respondents were asked questions on human rights, nuclear war, the spread of Communism, oil supply, and United States allies. Demographic information was collected, including respondent's race, age, sex, employment, number of children, and religion.
  • 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: 1981-10
  • 1982-10-14 / 1982-10-18
    Collection date: 1982-10-14--1982-10-18
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 8017 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08017.v1
  • Graham, Thomas W.. The Pattern and Importance of Public Knowledge in the Nuclear Age. Journal of Conflict Resolution.32, (2), 319-334.1988.
    • ID: 10.1177/0022002788032002004 (DOI)

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

ABC News; The Washington Post (1984): ABC News/Washington Post Foreign Policy Poll, October 1981. Archival Version. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.