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ABC News/Washington Post Bork Vote Poll, October 1987

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
attitudes; Bork, Robert; judge selection; media coverage; political ideologies; public opinion; social issues; Supreme Court nominations; United States Supreme Court
  • Abstract

    The nomination of Robert Bork to the Supreme Court was the subject of this survey. Respondents were asked if they approved of the nomination and why or why not, if they felt Bork was qualified, whether the Senate should consider both Bork's qualifications and political views in deciding upon his nomination, and whether a Senate candidate's opposition to Bork would make any difference to the respondent. Additional questions included whether respondents had received anything in the mail, received telephone calls, or seen advertisements either in support of or in opposition to Bork, and if they felt any groups or individuals had too much influence in the nomination process. Demographic characteristics of respondents are included.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1987-10
  • 1987-10-13 / 1987-10-14
    Collection date: 1987-10-13--1987-10-14
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
  • A weight variable is included that must be used in any analysis.

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
  • 8888 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Gimpel, James G., Ringel, Lewis S.. Understanding court nominee evaluation and approval: Mass opinion in the Bork and Thomas cases. Political Behavior.17, (2), 135-153.1995.
    • ID: 10.1007/BF01498811 (DOI)
  • Barnes, Fred. Dixie fix: can the Democrats win the South?. New Republic.197, 11 -1987.

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

ABC News; The Washington Post (1989): ABC News/Washington Post Bork Vote Poll, October 1987. Version 1. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.