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ABC News/Washington Post Poll, February 1985

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
Meese, Edwin; political parties; presidency; presidential performance; public opinion; Reagan Administration (1981-1989); Reagan, Ronald; social issues; student loans
  • Abstract

    In this survey respondents were asked to assess the performance of President Reagan and other top government officials and to give their opinions on proposed restrictions on federal student loans, Attorney General designee Edwin Meese, and the Democratic and Republican parties. In a series of questions relating to national political parties, respondents were asked to designate the party and its leaders best able to handle the major problems facing the county, to rate each party's concern with its own political power, and to describe the differences between the two parties. Other topics included in the survey were the 55 mile per hour speed limit, the Vietnam war, Nicaragua, and respondent's preference for and history of residence in different types of communities. Demographic characteristics also are included.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1985-02
  • Collection date: 1985-02
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, respondents' phone numbers and zip codes have been replaced with blanks. A weight variable is included, which must be used in any analysis.

2006-11-28 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
  • 8560 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08560.v1

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

ABC News; The Washington Post (1988): ABC News/Washington Post Poll, February 1985. Archival Version. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.