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ABC News/Washington Post Persian Gulf/Stock Drop Poll, October 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
attitudes; international conflict; international relations; Middle East; military intervention; national economy; oil imports; oil production; presidential performance; public opinion; Reagan, Ronald; stock market conditions; stock market crashes; stock prices
  • Abstract

    The United States' military presence in the Persian Gulf and the sharp drop in stock market prices in mid-October 1987 were the central topics of this poll. Respondents' opinions were sought on the presence of American military forces in the Gulf and its possible ramifications, Reagan's handling of the situation, United States Naval forces escorting Kuwaiti oil tankers, and the United States attack on an Iranian oil platform on the morning of October 19, 1987. With regard to the drop in stock prices, respondents were asked if it had affected them personally, if it signalled a downturn in the nation's economy and the possibility of a Depression like that of the 1930s, if they owned stocks, and if they were planning to sell because of the decline. Demographic data on respondents are included.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1987-10
  • Collection date: 1987-10-19
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
  • (1) A weight variable is included that must be used in any analysis.

2008-07-24 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 8889 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08889.v1

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

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