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ABC News/Washington Post Iran Airliner Poll, July 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
attitudes; international conflict; military intervention; presidential performance; public opinion; Reagan Administration (1981-1989); Reagan, Ronald
  • Abstract

    This survey was conducted following the downing of an Iranian airliner in the Persian Gulf by a United States Navy ship. Topics covered include the United States military presence in the Persian Gulf, Reagan's handling of the situation, the chances that the United States would become involved in a major military conflict in the Gulf, and the likelihood of a major terrorist attack in the United States. Specific questions relating to the airliner incident include whether the respondent thought the United States ship was justified in shooting down the airliner, whether the captain of the ship had acted properly, whether the United States or Iran was more to blame for the incident, whether the United States should pay compensation to the families of those killed on the airliner, and whether the United States should formally apologize to Iran for the incident. Respondents also were asked if they had heard that Attorney General Edwin Meese had resigned, if the resignation was a good or bad thing, and how they would rate Meese's overall ethical standards as attorney general. Background information on respondents includes political alignment, sex, and state/region of residence.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1988-07-05
  • Collection date: 1988-07-05
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
  • (1) The data contain blanks and alphabetic characters. 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.
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
  • 9066 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09066.v1
  • Shapiro, Walter. When bad things are caused by good nations. Time.132, (3), 20 -1988.

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

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