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ABC News/Washington Post Poll, June 1986

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; economic conditions; foreign policy; foreign relations; Gorbachev, Mikhail; military operations; patriotism; presidency; presidential performance; public opinion; Reagan Administration (1981-1989); Reagan, Ronald; Strategic Arms Limitation Talks; tax reform; United States Supreme Court
  • Abstract

    This survey focuses on a variety of national issues with an emphasis on patriotism and United States foreign policy. Respondents were asked to rate Reagan's performance as president and to describe the state of the economy. Questions on patriotism ranged from flag ownership, participation in the rededication of the Statue of Liberty, and feelings about the Fourth of July to whether the United States strike against Libya made respondents feel more or less pride in the United States. Respondents were also questioned about the Supreme Court, whether they thought it was too liberal or too conservative, and what they thought of Rehnquist's being nominated as chief justice. Foreign policy items included whether the United States was giving too much aid to Israel and the respondents' opinions on the SALT II treaty, Soviet leader Gorbachev, aid to the Nicaraguan contras, arms control, and United States relations with South Africa. Additional questions probed for respondents' attitudes toward televising Senate sessions and tax reform measures that would reduce tax rates but eliminate many of the current tax deductions. Demographic characteristics were also recorded.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1986-06
  • Collection date: 1986-06
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. Included in the data is a weight variable which must be used in all analysis.

2008-01-29 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
  • 8635 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Gimpel, James G., Wolpert, Robin M.. Opinion-Holding and Public Attitudes Toward Controversial Supreme Court Nominees. Political Research Quarterly.49, (1), 177-189.1996.
  • Graham, Thomas W.. The Pattern and Importance of Public Knowledge in the Nuclear Age. Journal of Conflict Resolution.32, (2), 319-334.1988.
    • ID: 10.1177/0022002788032002004 (DOI)
  • Morley, Jefferson. Perils of 'good intentions'; the paradox of North's popularity. Nation.245, 122 -1987.

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

ABC News; The Washington Post (1988): ABC News/Washington Post Poll, June 1986. Version 1. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.