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ABC News/Washington Post Poll, July 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
baseball; cancer; education; espionage; federal budget deficit; government spending; national economy; personal finances; presidency; presidential performance; public figures; public opinion; Reagan Administration (1981-1989); Reagan, Ronald; Strategic Defense Initiative
  • Abstract

    Ronald Reagan's performance as President, his health, and his age were a central focus of this survey. Respondents also were questioned regarding the nation's economy, their personal financial situations and expectations, their impressions of a number of public figures, the federal budget deficit, government spending policies, education, "Star Wars," cancer, American and Soviet spying, and major league baseball. Demographic characteristics of respondents also were recorded.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1985-07
  • Collection date: 1985-07
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
  • For reasons of confidentiality, respondents' zip codes and phone numbers have been recoded to blanks. A weight variable is included in the data and must be used in any analysis.

2007-01-09 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
  • 8586 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Hitchens, Christopher. Voting in the passive voice: what polling has done to American democracy. Harper's.284, (1703), 45 -1992.
  • (author unknown). Vox pop crock. New Republic.193, 4 -1985.

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

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