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ABC News/Washington Post Poll, August 1987

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • ABC News
  • The Washington Post
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
Bork, Robert; congressional hearings; Iran Contra affair; political issues; presidency; presidential performance; public opinion; Reagan Administration (1981-1989); Reagan, Ronald; social issues; Supreme Court nominations
  • Abstract

    This data collection is part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that evaluate the Reagan presidency and solicit opinions on a variety of political and social issues. Topics covered include United States support of the Nicaraguan contras and the Iran arms sale, Reagan's involvement before and after the fact, the conduct and testimony of various people who appeared before the congressional committee, and the nomination of Robert Bork to the Supreme Court. Demographic characteristics of respondents also were recorded.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1987-08
  • 1987-08-03 / 1987-08-05
    Collection date: 1987-08-03--1987-08-05
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
The population of the United States, excluding Alaska and Hawaii, aged 18 and over.
Households were selected by random digit dialing.
Collection Mode
  • The data include a weight variable that must be used in any analysis.

2007-07-09 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
  • 8849 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08849.v1
  • Nadeau, Richard, Niemi, Richard G.. Educated guesses: the process of answering factual knowledge questions in surveys. Public Opinion Quarterly.59, (3), 323 -1995.
    • ID: 10.1086/269480 (DOI)
  • Barnes, Fred. Dixie fix: can the Democrats win the South?. New Republic.197, 11 -1987.
  • Sanoff, Alvin P.. What Americans should know. U.S. News and World Report.103, 86 -1987.

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

ABC News; The Washington Post (1989): ABC News/Washington Post Poll, August 1987. Archival Version. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.