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ABC News/Washington Post Bitburg Poll, April 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
attitudes; Holocaust; Holocaust victims; media coverage; public opinion; Reagan, Ronald; social issues; war memorials
  • Abstract

    The focus of this survey is Ronald Reagan's scheduled visit to Bitburg cemetery during his trip to West Germany in May 1985. Respondents were asked for their opinions of the visit, whether it would dishonor either the Holocaust victims or American soldiers who had fought in World War II, and whether Reagan's proposed visit to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp would counter objections to the Bitburg visit. In addition, respondents were asked for their perceptions of how the news media and White House had handled the planned trip. Demographic data on respondents also are included.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1985-04
  • Collection date: 1985-04
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 have been replaced with blanks. A weight variable is included, which must be used in any analysis.

2007-07-03 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
  • 8564 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08564.v1
  • Buckley, William F., Jr.. Inquest. National Review.37, 54 -1985.
  • Church, George J.. Scratches in the teflon; on the eve of his trip to Europe, Reagan catches the flak at home. Time.125, 12 -1985.

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

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