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ABC News START Talks Poll, January 1985

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • ABC News
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
arms control; arms control negotiations; arms race; Cold War; foreign affairs; military strength; national security; public opinion; Reagan, Ronald; Strategic Defense Initiative; weapons systems
  • Abstract

    This survey was conducted just prior to Secretary of State George Shultz's meeting with Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko in Geneva to discuss arms control. Respondents were asked if they approved of Ronald Reagan's handling of foreign affairs and relations with the Soviet Union in particular, if they felt the United States or the Soviet Union was ahead in military power, and if the United States should strive for military superiority. They also were asked whether they approved of the United States' entering into a new round of arms control talks, how they would rate the chances of success of the talks, and whether they felt the Soviet Union would cheat on an agreement if one were reached. In addition, respondents were queried for their opinions on the new defensive weapons that use lasers to shoot down enemy missiles and the impact of this technology on the arms race.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1985-01
  • Collection date: 1985-01
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
The population of the United States, excluding Alaska and Hawaii, aged 18 and over.
Households were selected by random digit dialing.
Collection Mode
  • For reasons of confidentiality, the phone numbers of respondents have been replaced with blanks.

2007-09-20 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 8556 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08556.v1

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

ABC News (1988): ABC News START Talks Poll, January 1985. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.