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ABC News Reagan Press Conference Poll, January 1986

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • ABC News
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series
Publication Date
  • Abstract

    Following President Reagan's press conference regarding Libya and the December 27, 1985 terrorist attacks at the Rome and Vienna airports, respondents were asked if they had seen the press conference and if they felt Reagan's response to the terrorist attacks had been too tough, not tough enough, or just about right. Respondents' opinions were also sought on Libyan leader Colonel Khaddafi's role in the attacks, whether the United States should take military action even if it means risking a larger war, and the likelihood of a major terrorist attack against the United States occurring in 1986. Demographic characteristics of respondents also are included.
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    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1986-01
  • Collection date: 1986-01
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 recoded to blanks.

2006-11-14 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 8571 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08571.v1

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

ABC News (1989): ABC News Reagan Press Conference Poll, January 1986. Archival Version. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.