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ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 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
Bush, George H.W.; candidates; foreign affairs; income tax; Iran Contra affair; military intervention; political issues; presidency; presidential elections; presidential performance; public opinion; Reagan Administration (1981-1989); Reagan, Ronald; social issues; voter attitides; voting behavior
  • 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 the federal income tax system, Reagan's handling of the situation in Panama and Nicaragua, aid to the contras, and United States troops being sent to Honduras. In addition, respondents were asked if they thought various presidential candidates were qualified to be president, which party had the best chance of winning the presidency in November, which candidate among several possible tickets the respondent would vote for if the election were held that day, candidates the respondent would not vote for under any circumstances, and George Bush's role in the Iran-Contra affair. Background information on respondents includes political alignment, vote choice in 1984, sex, education, age, religion, labor union membership, race, income, and state/region of residence.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1988-03-16 / 1988-03-21
    Time period: 1988-03-16--1988-03-21
  • 1988-03-16 / 1988-03-21
    Collection date: 1988-03-16--1988-03-21
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 and alphabetic characters. A weight variable is included that must be used in any analysis.

2008-02-28 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
  • 9062 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09062.v1
  • Shelley, Mack C. II, Hwang, Hwarng-du. The mass media and public opinion polls in the 1988 presidential election: Trends, accuracy, consistency, and events. American Politics Research.19, (1), 59-79.1991.
  • Shelley, Mack C., II, Hwang, Hwarng-Du. The Mass Media and Public Opinion Polls in the 1988 Presidential Election. American Politics Quarterly.19, (1), 59-79.1991.
    • ID: 10.1177/1532673X9101900104 (DOI)

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

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