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ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 1985

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • ABC News
  • The Washington Post
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
arms control; federal budget deficit; foreign affairs; foreign relations; military intervention; national debt; national economy; presidency; presidential performance; public opinion; Reagan Administration (1981-1989); Reagan, Ronald
  • Abstract

    In this survey respondents were asked a series of questions related to Reagan's performance as president, the nation's economy and the budget deficit, the MX missile, United States involvement in Central America and Nicaragua, arms control, and leaders of the Democratic party. Additional questions focused on the United States' military involvement in Vietnam and its impact on the trust placed in leaders in Washington both then and now. Demographic characteristics of respondents also are included.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1985-03
  • Collection date: 1985-03
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' zip codes and phone numbers have been replaced with blanks. A weight variable is included, which must be used in all analysis.

2008-02-08 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 8563 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Morley, Jefferson. Perils of 'good intentions'; the paradox of North's popularity. Nation.245, 122 -1987.
  • Barnes, Fred. Kennedy the front-runner: he's not washed up. In fact, he's leading the pack. New Republic.193, 15 -1985.

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

ABC News; The Washington Post (1988): ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 1985. Version 1. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.