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ABC News/Washington Post Poll, September 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
aircraft hijackings; attitudes; health; health behavior; labor unions; Libya; national economy; presidency; presidential performance; public opinion; Reagan, Ronald; terrorism; travel; voter preferences
  • Abstract

    This survey covers a variety of national issues and includes special sections on health, labor unions, and hijacking. Respondents were asked to rate Reagan's performance as president, to describe the state of the economy, and to tell which party they would be voting for in the upcoming congressional election. The health questions include: what the respondents consider to be the nation's greatest health problem, what experience (if any) they have had with cancer, and if they have modified certain behaviors in order to lower their risk of getting cancer. In the section on labor unions, respondents were asked if they had belonged to a union as well as several questions regarding their opinions of labor unions. The hijacking questions include whether or not respondents are afraid to travel on international flights and whether they believe that the United States strike against Libya will lead to more or less terrorism. Demographic characteristics were also recorded.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1986-09
  • Collection date: 1986-09
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.

2008-05-16 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
  • 8637 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Ousey, Graham C.. Deindustrialization, female-headed families, and black and white juvenile homicide rates, 1970-1990. Sociological Inquiry.70, (4), 391-419.2000.
    • ID: 10.1111/j.1475-682X.2000.tb00917.x (DOI)
  • Deshpande, Satish P.. A meta-analysis of some determinants of union voting intent. Industrial Relations / Relations Industrielles.47, (2), 334 -1992.

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

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