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ABC News/Washington Post Congressional District Poll, 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
congressional districts; congressional elections; economic conditions; foreign affairs; national elections; political campaigns; political parties; poverty programs; presidential performance; Reagan, Ronald; voter preference; voters; voting behavior
  • Abstract

    In this study of voting practices and preferences respondents were asked: if they voted in the last election, who they voted for, if they were planning to vote in the upcoming election for the House of Representatives, and who they were likely to vote for in that election. They were asked to rate Reagan's performance as president on issues such as the economy, foreign affairs, and aid to the poor. They were also questioned about which political party they generally support and what they believe to be the nation's worst problem. Respondents to the follow-up questionnaire were again asked who they would be voting for as well as whether they perceived the state of the economy as getting better or worse. Demographic characteristics were also recorded.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1986-09 / 1986-10
    Time period: 1986-09--1986-10
  • 1986-09 / 1986-10
    Collection date: 1986-09--1986-10
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
  • This survey was conducted in two parts, both of which are contained in this data set. Respondents were surveyed in September 1986, then a subsample was given the follow-up questionnaire one month later. The data as supplied to ICPSR contain problems which have not been resolved by the principal investigator. The weight variable for the original data was erased from the dataset, having been overwritten by the addition of the follow-up data. A weight variable is included for the follow-up data which must be used in analysis.

This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 8638 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Jacobson, Gary C.. The effects of campaign spending in House elections: New evidence for old arguments. American Journal of Political Science.34, (201), 334-362.1990.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Jacobson, Gary C., Kernell, Samuel. National forces in the 1986 U.S. House elections. Legislative Studies Quarterly.15, (1), 65-87.1990.
    • ID: (URL)

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

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