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ABC News/Washington Post Poll, September 1988

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • ABC News
  • The Washington Post
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
abortion; Bentsen, Lloyd; Bush, George H.W.; campaign issues; drugs; Dukakis, Michael; environment; federal budget deficit; inflation; presidency; presidential candidates; presidential elections; public approval; public opinion; Quayle, Dan; Reagan, Ronald; school prayer; voter attitudes; voters
  • Abstract

    This data collection is part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that evaluate the Reagan presidency and solicit opinions on a variety of political and social issues. Respondents were asked if they were registered to vote, if they thought the country was going in the right direction, if they approved of Reagan's handling of the presidency and if after eight years it was time for a change of direction, and if they had a favorable or unfavorable impression of George Bush, Michael Dukakis, Dan Quayle, and Lloyd Bentsen. Additional questions put to respondents included which party's presidential ticket they would vote for if the election were held that day, the strength of their support for the named candidates, and the importance of certain issues in deciding how they would vote for president including issues such as abortion, prayer in schools, the Pledge of Allegiance in schools, the Strategic Defense Initiative, taxes, crime, drugs, child care, the federal budget deficit, and the environment. Other topics covered included Bush's choice of Quayle and Dukakis' choice of Bentsen as running mates, and the effectiveness of each candidate in dealing with problems such as keeping the United States out of war, controlling inflation, helping the poor and the elderly, reducing the drug problem, improving education and the schools, and maintaining a strong national defense. Background information on respondents includes political alignment, 1984 presidential vote choice, likelihood of voting in the 1988 election, education, age, religion, marital status, household composition, labor union membership, employment status, race, income, sex, and state/region of residence.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1988-09-14 / 1988-09-19
    Time period: 1988-09-14--1988-09-19
  • 1988-09-14 / 1988-09-19
    Collection date: 1988-09-14--1988-09-19
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.

2008-04-04 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9181 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
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    • ID: 10.1086/297874 (DOI)
  • Forsythe, Robert, Nelson, Forrest, Neumann, George R., Wright, Jack. Anatomy of an experimental political stock market. American Economic Review.82, (5), 1142-1161.1992.
  • 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, September 1988. Version 1. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.