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ABC News Daniloff Freedom Poll, September 1986

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • ABC News
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
Cold War; detente; diplomacy; espionage; foreign affairs; Gorbachev, Mikhail; leadership; presidential performance; Reagan Administration (1981-1989); Reagan, Ronald; Soviet Union; terrorism; treaties; Lebanon; United States
  • Abstract

    This survey was conducted after the release of Nicholas Daniloff, a reporter who had been held by the Soviet Union on charges of spying. The United States government negotiated his release but denied that there was any connection between his release and the release of Gennadi Zakharov, a Soviet physicist who had been held by the United States on spying charges. Respondents were asked about: their knowledge of the Daniloff case, whether or not they thought there was a swap, if they considered the case a victory or a defeat for the United States, and their evaluation of how Reagan handled the case. Respondents were also asked to evaluate Reagan's handling of the hostage situation in Beirut, Lebanon. In addition, they were asked whether or not they expected any important accomplishments to come from the upcoming summit meeting between Reagan and Gorbachev in Iceland.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1986-09-30
  • Collection date: 1986-09-30
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
The adult population of the United States aged 18 and over.
Households were selected by random digit dialing.
Collection Mode
  • The data contain blanks.

2007-05-07 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
  • 8640 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08640.v1

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

ABC News (1988): ABC News Daniloff Freedom Poll, September 1986. Archival Version. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.