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ABC News/Washington Post Poll, September 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
abortion; African Americans; Bush, George H.W.; drugs; environment; foreign affairs; homelessness; long term care; Medicare; national economy; presidency; public opinion; race relations; White Americans
  • 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. Topics covered include the economy, the environment, foreign affairs, the illegal drug problem, and whether the Bush administration was doing all it could to deal with major problems facing the nation. In addition, respondents were questioned in depth about race relations. They were asked about the proportion of Blacks and whites living in their neighborhoods, whether common sense or prejudice led whites to avoid driving through largely Black neighborhoods, why Blacks generally have worse jobs, income, and housing than whites, and if the quality of life for Blacks in the United States was better, worse, or about the same compared to ten years ago. Respondents also were questioned regarding homelessness, abortion, and the new Medicare program covering catastrophic illness and long-term hospital stays. 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
  • 1989-09-28 / 1989-10-03
    Time period: 1989-09-28--1989-10-03
  • 1989-09-28 / 1989-10-03
    Collection date: 1989-09-28--1989-10-03
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. Questions 1-31 include an oversample of Black respondents.
Collection Mode
  • The data contain blanks and alphabetic characters. Two weight variables are included that must be used in any analysis.

2008-04-07 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
  • 9356 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09356.v1
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Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

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