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ABC News/Washington Post Poindexter Testimony Poll #2, July 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; congressional committees; congressional hearings; congressional investigations; Iran Contra affair; Nicaragua; North, Oliver; Poindexter, John; public approval; public opinion; Reagan Administration (1981-1989); Reagan, Ronald; testimony
  • Abstract

    This survey focused on the testimony of Admiral John Poindexter before the congressional committee investigating the Iran-contra affair. Respondents were asked if they thought Poindexter was telling the truth, withholding information, and/or covering up for President Reagan. They also were asked whether they approved of Poindexter's actions, whether he should be prosecuted, and whether Reagan should pardon him. Other questions addressed the issues of aid to the Nicaraguan contras, Reagan's role in the affair and when he learned of the transfer of money, Oliver North's actions and testimony, and the job being done by the investigating committee. Demographic characteristics of respondents are included.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1987-07
  • Collection date: 1987-07-21
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.
2008-10-31 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
  • 8893 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08893.v1
  • Lamar, Jacob V., Jr.. Begging his pardon; should Reagan absolve Poindexter and North?. Time.130, 16 -1987.

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

ABC News; The Washington Post (1989): ABC News/Washington Post Poindexter Testimony Poll #2, July 1987. Archival Version. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.