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CBS News National Surveys, 1985

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • CBS News
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
demographic characteristics; detente; diplomacy; foreign affairs; international relations; leisure; mass media; media coverage; newspapers; political attitudes; presidential performance; public opinion; Reagan, Ronald; recreation; television; terrorism; transportation; violence; world politics
  • Abstract

    Each dataset contains questions of topical relevance or questions which pertain to broader social issues. The hijacking of TWA flight 847 was the focus of the first two surveys. Respondents were asked to evaluate Reagan's handling of the crisis, to give their opinions on how the United States should deal with terrorism and terrorists, and to explain their attitudes about United States policy in the Middle East and media coverage of the event. Attitudes towards air safety, including effects on travel plans, were explored in the third survey. The fourth dealt with the United States/Soviet summit meeting in Geneva. Questions regarding the summit include approval or disapproval of Reagan's handling of the summit, whether and how to negotiate with the Soviet Union, attitudes towards Gorbachev, and the role the leaders' wives played. In the final survey, respondents were queried about professional football--the game, teams, players, coaches, and media coverage. All respondents were asked for demographic information.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: June 18: Flight 847 Hijacking Survey
    • DS2: June 26: TWA 847 Hijack Poll #2
    • DS3: August 29: Fear of Flying
    • DS4: November 20: Summit 1985
    • DS5: December 10-11: Football Survey
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1985
  • 1985-06-18 / 1985-12-11
    Collection date: 1985-06-18--1985-12-11
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Adults in the United States age 18 and over.
Stratified random digit dialing.
Collection Mode
  • There is a weight variable for each dataset which must be used in any analysis. The area code and exchange code variables have been recoded to 9's for reasons of confidentiality.

2006-01-18 File CB8547.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 8547 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Jentleson, Bruce W.. The Pretty Prudent Public: Post Post-Vietnam American Opinion on the Use of the Military Force. International Studies Quarterly.36, (1), 49-74.1992.
    • ID: (URL)

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

CBS News (1986): CBS News National Surveys, 1985. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.