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ABC News AIDS Poll, June 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
AIDS; Bush, George H.W.; communicable diseases; disease prevention; health education; health policy; public opinion; risk factors; sexual behavior
  • Abstract

    This survey focuses on issues associated with Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Respondents were asked to specify the greatest health problem facing the nation, to indicate how much they knew about AIDS, to name the ways that someone could catch AIDS, to indicate if they would be willing to work side by side with a fellow worker who had AIDS, and to relate the means they were using to avoid exposing themselves to AIDS. In addition, respondents were asked if they approved of the way Bush was handling the situation involving the disease, how they rated various measures for preventing the spread of AIDS, and if they agreed with a series of statements that included separating people with AIDS from the general public, paying more income taxes if the government used the tax money for AIDS research, and educating the public. Other topics covered include whether medical authorities should locate people with whom AIDS victims had been sexually intimate and tell them they might also have AIDS, mandatory AIDS testing, public education and information about AIDS, the threat of AIDS to respondents and their families, and personal acquaintance with someone who had contracted AIDS. Background information on respondents includes education, age, religion, marital status, sex, race, state/region residence, whether they had been tested for AIDS, and what the tests results showed.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1990-06-14 / 1990-06-19
    Time period: 1990-06-14--1990-06-19
  • 1990-06-14 / 1990-06-19
    Collection date: 1990-06-14--1990-06-19
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.

2007-09-14 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
  • 9460 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09460.v1
  • Yang, Alan S.. Attitudes toward homosexuality. Public Opinion Quarterly.61, (3), 477-507.1997.
    • ID: 10.1086/297810 (DOI)
  • Blendon, Robert J., Donelan, Karen, Knox, Richard A.. Public opinion and AIDS: lessons for the second decade. JAMA, The Journal of the American Medical Association.267, (7), 981 -1992.
    • ID: 10.1001/jama.267.7.981 (DOI)

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

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