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ABC News/Washington Post Poll, May 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
African Americans; Bush, George H.W.; corporate mergers; drug legalization; Equal Employment Opportunity; marijuana; minorities; national economy; nuclear power; presidency; presidential candidates; presidential performance; public opinion; Reagan, Ronald; Soviet Union; tax reform; voter preferences
  • Abstract

    This survey examines a variety of political and social issues. Respondents were asked to rate Reagan's performance as president, to evaluate the state of the economy, and to state their positions on nuclear power and current tax reform legislation. They were also asked about their impressions of possible candidates for president and who they might vote for in an election between George Bush and several of the Democratic candidates. Respondents' opinions were elicited on several other topics including legalizing marijuana, corporate mergers, the Soviet Union, unmarried men and women living together, and whether or not blacks have achieved equal opportunity. In addition, respondents were asked about their favorite type of music. Demographic characteristics were also recorded.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1986-05
  • Collection date: 1986-05
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. Included in the data is a weight variable that must be used in all analysis.

2008-04-09 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
  • 8582 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08582.v1
  • Mashek, John W.. A scrambled deck for '88. U.S. News and World Report.101, 20 -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, May 1986. Archival Version. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.