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ABC News/Washington Post Poll, November 1985

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
arms control; Cold War; Gorbachev, Mikhail; leadership; military strength; nuclear war; nuclear weapons; presidency; presidential performance; public opinion; Reagan Administration (1981-1989); Reagan, Ronald; Strategic Defense Initiative; weapons systems
  • Abstract

    In this survey respondents were asked for their opinions on Reagan's performance as president, arms control, United States and Soviet military power, the buildup of nuclear weapons, and the possibility of nuclear war. Other topics covered included the upcoming summit meeting between Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, the seriousness with which each leader was seeking progress in arms control, and space-based weapons or "Star Wars." Demographic data on respondents also were recorded.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1985-11
  • Collection date: 1985-11
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 that must be used in any analysis.

2008-05-14 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
  • 8593 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08593.v1
  • Jasper, James M.. The Political Life Cycle of Technological Controversies. Social Forces.67, (2), 357-377.1988.
    • ID: (URL)

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

ABC News; The Washington Post (1989): ABC News/Washington Post Poll, November 1985. Archival Version. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.