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ABC News National Security Council Poll, November 1986

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • ABC News
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
arms sales; government investigations; Iran Contra affair; national security; public approval; public opinion; Reagan Administration (1981-1989); Reagan, Ronald
  • Abstract

    This survey was conducted in response to the November 25, 1986 announcement by the Justice Department that money from arms sales to Iran was given to the Nicaraguan contras. Respondents were asked if they had heard about this transaction, if they approved of it, and if they believed that Ronald Reagan had only just learned of the transfer of money. Respondents also were asked if they thought the staff changes at the National Security Council would end the controversy, if Reagan's proposed review board for the National Security Council would prevent future unauthorized actions, and if they approved of Reagan's handling of the situation. Other questions included which person or persons respondents thought made most of the important decisions in the White House--Reagan or his advisors, and whether Reagan was too old to be president. Demographic characteristics of respondents are included.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1986-11
  • Collection date: 1986-11-25
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.
2007-07-03 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
  • 8852 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Duffy, Brian. What did they know, and when?. U.S. News and World Report.101, 16 -1986.

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

ABC News (1989): ABC News National Security Council Poll, November 1986. Version 1. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.