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ABC News Reproductive Rights Poll, January 1985

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • ABC News
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
abortion; abortion clinics; birth control; family planning; population policy; public opinion
  • Abstract

    This survey explores in detail respondents' attitudes toward abortion. Respondents were asked whether abortions should be allowed no matter what the reason, if they should be legal, and if they should be legal in the first three months of pregnancy under a variety of different circumstances including endangerment of the woman's life, rape or incest, physical or mental danger to the mother, possible deformity in the baby, and the family's inability to afford a child. Other questions focused on recent bombings of abortion clinics, the effects of legalizing abortion, and the possible outcomes of banning it. Demographic characteristics also were recorded.
  • 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.

2006-12-06 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.
This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 8559 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08559.v1

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

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