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Washington Post Nutrition and Health Poll, December 1989

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • The Washington Post
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
attitudes; diet; eating habits; exercise; health; health behavior; health care services; health status; nutrition; physical fitness; public opinion
  • Abstract

    This survey focused on issues of nutrition and health. Respondents were asked whether they watched their diets to reduce their intake of salt, fat, sugar, and cholesterol. They also were asked a series of specific questions relating to cholesterol. In addition, respondents were questioned regarding the state of medical care in the country, their own health status, how often they exercised, and how they evaluated health care facilities, doctors, and medical personnel. Other topics covered include memory of people and events in the 1980s, such as Walter Mondale's running mate in 1984, the Iran-contra scandal, Gary Hart, professional sports figures, and the names of individuals or organizations that won the Nobel Peace Prize in the period. 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
  • 1989-11-30 / 1989-12-04
    Time period: 1989-11-30--1989-12-04
  • 1989-11-30 / 1989-12-04
    Collection date: 1989-11-30--1989-12-04
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.

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Alternative Identifiers
  • 9359 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09359.v1

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

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