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ABC News Tylenol Poisoning Poll, February 1986

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • ABC News
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
advertising; mass media; media influence; public health; public opinion; television; terrorism
  • Abstract

    This survey was conducted after a woman in New York died from taking cyanide-poisoned Tylenol capsules. Respondents were asked if they use non-prescription capsule drugs, if they use Tylenol, if they had heard of the poisoning case, and if it will affect their use of capsule drugs. Additional questions include whether the drug company did enough to ensure the safety of the product, whether drug companies should discontinue the production of all capsules, and whether TV reports of the incident were too sensationalized. They were also asked if they thought the incident was the act of a mentally disturbed person or a terrorist, whether they thought that others might attempt the same thing, and if they were afraid that their own food and drugs might be tampered with. Age and sex were also recorded.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1986-02-18
  • Collection date: 1986-02-18
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
The population of the United States aged 18 and over.
Households were selected by random digit dialing.
Collection Mode
  • The data contain blanks.

2007-09-17 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
  • 8575 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • (author unknown). Military Construction Appropriations Act, 1987. Continuation of House Proceedings of June 25, 1986, Issue No. 88; and Proceedings of June 26, 1986, Issue No. 89.88: 132 Cong Rec H 4, . 1986.

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

ABC News (1988): ABC News Tylenol Poisoning Poll, February 1986. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.