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ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 1986

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
civil rights movement; drug legislation; foreign aid; foreign policy; health care; health insurance; marijuana; national security; Nicaragua; presidency; presidential performance; public approval; public opinion; Reagan Administration (1981-1989); Reagan, Ronald; religion; religious behavior; Soviet Union; unemployment; values; voter history
  • Abstract

    This survey includes questions on a variety of political and social issues with an emphasis on two major topics, religion and Nicaragua. Respondents were asked whether the United States should be involved in Nicaragua, whether the situation in Nicaragua is a threat to the security of the United States, and if they approve of the action of the House of Representatives in refusing Reagan's aid request for the contras. On religion, respondents were questioned about religious upbringing and education, current participation, and religion's influence on their personal values. Respondents were also asked to rate Reagan's performance as president and to assess whether or not the Soviet Union is a threat to the United States. Additional subjects include legalization of marijuana, the civil rights movement, medical care and insurance, voting history, day care, and experience with unemployment. Demographic characteristics were also recorded.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1986-03-20
  • Collection date: 1986-03-20
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
  • 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. Included in the data is a weight variable which must be used in all analysis.

2008-01-29 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
  • 8576 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08576.v1
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    • ID: 10.1086/297728 (DOI)
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    • ID: 10.1086/269480 (DOI)
  • Shapiro, Robert Y., Patterson, Kelly D., Russell, Judith, Young, John T.. A report: Employment and social welfare. Public Opinion Quarterly.51, (2), 268-281.1987.
    • ID: 10.1086/269033 (DOI)
  • (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; The Washington Post (1988): ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 1986. Archival Version. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.