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ABC News/Washington Post Poll, May 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
alcohol abuse; alcohol consumption; drinking age; drug abuse; drug legalization; drug use; federal budget deficit; income tax; national economy; presidency; presidential performance; public opinion; Reagan Administration (1981-1989); Reagan, Ronald; substance abuse; substance abuse treatment
  • Abstract

    This survey covers a variety of national issues with special emphasis on drug and alcohol abuse. Respondents were asked to rate Reagan's performance as president and to give their opinions on the state of the economy. They were also questioned about the federal budget deficit and possible ways to reduce it. Questions in the drug and alcohol section examined the use of alcohol by the respondent and his or her friends and relatives. Specific questions included whether the respondent had ever had a drug or alcohol problem, whether or not he or she had received treatment for substance abuse, and whether or not drugs or alcohol had caused problems in the respondent's family. Opinions were also elicited on the legalization of certain drugs, on a uniform federal drinking age, and on the prohibition of all alcoholic beverages. Additional topics covered included income taxes and Reagan's trip to Europe including his visit to the Bitburg cemetery. Respondents were also asked if they perceived that public opinion polls affected the way they voted in the last presidential election. Demographic characteristics were recorded.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1985-05
  • Collection date: 1985-05
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.

2008-02-20 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
  • 8634 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Baggette, Jennifer, Shapiro, Robert Y., Jacobs, Lawrence R.. The Polls-Poll Trends: Social Security-An Update. Public Opinion Quarterly.59, (3), 420-442.1995.
    • ID: 10.1086/269485 (DOI)
  • Atwood, James D., Randall, Teri. Domestic violence: The role of alcohol. JAMA, The Journal of the American Medical Association.265, (4), 460 -1991.
    • ID: 10.1001/jama.265.4.460b (DOI)
  • Shapiro, Robert Y., Smith, Tom W.. The Polls: Social Security. Public Opinion Quarterly.49, (4), 561-572.1985.
    • ID: 10.1086/268951 (DOI)

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 1985. Version 1. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.