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ABC News National Cholesterol Test Poll, April 1989

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • ABC News
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
cholesterol; diet; eating habits; food; food preferences; health; nutrition; public opinion
  • Abstract

    This survey concerned respondents' knowledge and opinions about cholesterol. Respondents were asked if they had ever heard about cholesterol, if they knew how cholesterol was formed, if they knew their own cholesterol levels, if certain foods were good choices for reducing cholesterol, and if experts recommended an immediate cholesterol test or suggested waiting until the next routine visit to the doctor. In addition, respondents were asked a series of true-false questions covering topics such as recommended cholesterol levels, how to test for cholesterol, how cholesterol is produced, the effect of diet, smoking habits, and exercise on cholesterol levels and how cholesterol can be controlled. Background information includes sex, education, age, and race.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1989-04-06 / 1989-04-11
    Time period: 1989-04-06--1989-04-11
  • 1989-04-06 / 1989-04-11
    Collection date: 1989-04-06--1989-04-11
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Adults aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in the 48 contiguous United States.
Households were selected by random digit dialing. Within household, the respondent selected was the adult living in the household who last had a birthday and who was at home at the time of the interview.
Collection Mode
  • The data contain blank and alphabetic characters. A weight variable is included that must be used in any analysis.

2007-03-15 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
  • 9246 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09246.v1

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

ABC News (1990): ABC News National Cholesterol Test Poll, April 1989. Archival Version. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.