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ABC News Chernobyl/Kiev Accident Poll, April 1986

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • ABC News
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
attitudes; Chernobyl accident; nuclear accidents; nuclear reactors; nuclear reactor safety; public opinion; Soviet Union
  • Abstract

    This survey was conducted after the accident at the nuclear power plant at Chernobyl in the Soviet Union. Respondents were asked their opinions about nuclear power, including whether they favor or oppose more nuclear power plants in the United States, whether they would favor or oppose phasing out currently operating plants, and if they consider nuclear plants in the United States to be safer than those in the Soviet Union. They were asked if the Chernobyl accident has made them more or less fearful of nuclear power and if they are worried about harmful effects of radiation from Chernobyl.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1986-04-30
  • Collection date: 1986-04-30
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.

2007-09-14 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
  • 8581 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08581.v1
  • Wasserman, Harvey. Chernobyl fallout; time to dispel the nuclear cloud. Nation.242, 721 -1986.

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

ABC News (1988): ABC News Chernobyl/Kiev Accident Poll, April 1986. Archival Version. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.