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ABC News Genetic Engineering Poll, April 1990

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • ABC News
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
genetic engineering; medical ethics; pregnancy; public opinion
  • Abstract

    This survey centers on issues relating to genetic engineering. Respondents were asked if they would consider having a child by artificial insemination, and if so, how important it would be to know the medical, genetic, and social background of the sperm donor. They were also asked if they would consider ending a pregnancy if genetic tests showed any of a number of traits or problems in the fetus. Additionally, respondents were asked if employers should have the right to demand genetic testing before hiring, if insurance companies would be justified in refusing to insure people whose genetic tests indicated the likelihood of serious disease, and if they would consider changing a child's inherited characteristics by changing the child's genetic structure in the womb. Background information on respondents includes education, age, religion, marital status, sex, race, state/region, and if the respondent had children.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1990-04-26 / 1990-05-06
    Time period: 1990-04-26--1990-05-06
  • 1990-04-26 / 1990-05-06
    Collection date: 1990-04-26--1990-05-06
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 blanks and alphabetic characters.

2006-11-28 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 9458 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09458.v1
  • Urban, D.. Quantitative measurement of public opinions on new technologies: An application of SEM-methodology to the analysis of beliefs and values toward new human applications of genetic engineering. Scientometrics.35, (1), 71-92.1996.
    • ID: 10.1007/BF02018234 (DOI)

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

ABC News (1991): ABC News Genetic Engineering Poll, April 1990. Archival Version. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.