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ABC News/Washington Post Hostage Release Poll, June 1985

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • ABC News
  • The Washington Post
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
attitudes; aircraft hijackings; hostage negotiations; hostages; public opinion; Reagan, Ronald; terrorism; terrorists
  • Abstract

    This survey was conducted following the release of the hostages taken during the hijacking of a TWA flight by Arab terrorists on June 14, 1985. Respondents were asked if they approved of Ronald Reagan's handling of the situation and whether they agreed with the following statements: the United States was largely to blame for not having dealt firmly enough with terrorists in the past, ties to Israel should be reduced, military action should be taken against those responsible for the hijacking, the handling of the situation will help to reduce similar occurrences in the future, and Israel helped as much as it could with the situation. Respondents were also asked to assess more specifically Reagan's actions and the media coverage of the interviews with the hostages while they were still being held.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1985-06
  • Collection date: 1985-06
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
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
  • (1) For reasons of confidentiality, respondents' phone numbers have been replaced with blanks. A weight variable is included that must be used in any analysis.

2008-07-24 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
  • 8585 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Krauthammer, Charles. Disgrace under pressure; where are the hostage families?. New Republic.195, 11 -1986.

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

ABC News; The Washington Post (1988): ABC News/Washington Post Hostage Release Poll, June 1985. Version 1. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.