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ABC News/Washington Post Poll, January 1988

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
crime; economic conditions; education; environment; leadership; national debt; peace; political candidates; political issues; political parties; presidency; presidential performance; public figures; public opinion; quality of life; Reagan Administration (1981-1989); Reagan, Ronald; social issues; taxes; trust in government; unemployment; voter attitudes
  • Abstract

    This data collection is part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that evaluates the Reagan presidency and solicits opinions on a variety of political and social issues. Topics covered include trust in the government and the two major political parties, the environment, the nation's health, public education, crime, the quality of life, world peace, and the economy. In addition, opinions were solicited regarding the respondent's favorable or unfavorable impression of various public figures, the respondent's choice for presidential candidate, the debates that had taken place among the various presidential candidates, the most important issue in choosing a candidate, and which party's candidate would do a better job in dealing with problems such as reducing the trade deficit, unemployment, holding down taxes, and providing leadership. Respondents also were asked a detailed series of questions comparing the Republican candidates George Bush and Robert Dole. Background information on respondents includes political alignment, 1984 presidential vote choice, education, age, religion, marital status, household composition, labor union membership, employment status, race, income, and state/region of residence.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1988-01-17 / 1988-01-23
    Time period: 1988-01-17--1988-01-23
  • 1988-01-17 / 1988-01-23
    Collection date: 1988-01-17--1988-01-23
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Adults aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in the 48 contiguous United States.
Random digit dialing.
Collection Mode
  • The data contain blanks. A weight variable is included that must be used in any analysis.

2006-12-12 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
  • 9061 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09061.v1
  • Patterson, Kelly D., Magleby, David B.. Poll Trends: Public Support for Congress. Public Opinion Quarterly.56, (4), 539-551.1992.
    • ID: 10.1086/269346 (DOI)
  • John, Kenneth E.. A report: 1980-1988 New Hampshire presidential primary polls. Public Opinion Quarterly.53, (4), 590-605.1989.
    • ID: 10.1086/269173 (DOI)
  • Barnes, Fred. A donkey's year: all the signs point to a Democratic victory in November. New Republic.198, (9), 16 -1988.

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

ABC News; The Washington Post (1990): ABC News/Washington Post Poll, January 1988. Archival Version. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.