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ABC News/Washington Post Poll, October 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
arms control; attitudes; drug testing; drug use; foreign aid; Gorbachev, Mikhail; health behavior; hijacking; hostages; international conflict; Middle East; military intervention; personal finances; physical exercise; presidency; presidential performance; public opinion; Reagan, Ronald; Strategic Defense Initiative; terrorism
  • Abstract

    In this survey respondents were asked for their opinions on Reagan's performance as president, Mikhail Gorbachev, arms control, and "Star Wars." In regard to the Palestinian hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro, respondents were asked if they approved of the handling of the situation by the United States, Egypt, and Italy, and if the United States should take military action against terrorism in the Middle East and/or withhold aid to countries refusing to turn over terrorists. Other topics covered include the respondent's personal financial situation, social security, the Prince and Princess of Wales, drug use and testing among professional and college athletes, the respondent's health and exercise habits, and Halloween trick-or-treating and vandalism. Demographic characteristics of respondents also were recorded.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1985-10
  • Collection date: 1985-10
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.

2008-04-04 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
  • 8592 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)

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

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