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ABC News/Washington Post Poll, August 1989

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 Administration (1989-1993); Bush, George H.W.; economic conditions; education; elections; environmental policy; federal budget deficit; government spending; Medicare; Middle East; national debt; oil industry; political issues; presidency; presidential performance; public opinion; social issues; terrorism
  • Abstract

    This data collection is part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that evaluate the Bush presidency and solicit opinions on a variety of political and social issues. Respondents were asked what the most important problem facing the country was, how they felt about charges of alleged wrongdoing by former Reagan Housing Department officials, and who was taking the stronger leadership role in Washington--Bush or Congress. Respondents also were questioned regarding the destruction and burning of the American flag, the status of the nation's economy, the federal budget deficit, and spending on a series of federal government programs. Other topics covered include terrorism and the Middle East, the quality of education provided by public high schools, the new Medicare program covering catastrophic illness and long-term hospital stays, oil shipping companies and related environmental problems, and the upcoming House of Representatives election. Background information on respondents includes political alignment, 1988 presidential vote choice, education, age, religion, social class, marital status, household composition, labor union membership, employment status, race, sex, income, and state/region of residence.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1989-08-17 / 1989-08-21
    Time period: 1989-08-17--1989-08-21
  • 1989-08-17 / 1989-08-21
    Collection date: 1989-08-17--1989-08-21
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Adults aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia.
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 blanks and alphabetic characters. A weight variable is included that must be used in any analysis.

2006-12-22 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
  • 9355 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09355.v1
  • Baggette, Jennifer, Shapiro, Robert Y., Jacobs, Lawrence R.. The Polls-Poll Trends: Social Security-An Update. Public Opinion Quarterly.59, (3), 420-442.1995.
    • ID: 10.1086/269485 (DOI)

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

ABC News; The Washington Post (1991): ABC News/Washington Post Poll, August 1989. Archival Version. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.