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CBS News/New York Times Abortion Polls, September-October 1989

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • CBS News
  • The New York Times
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • CBS News/New York Times Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
abortion; Bush, George H.W.; foreign affairs; foreign relations; presidency; presidential performance; pro choice movement; pro life movement; public opinion; taxes
  • Abstract

    This data collection focuses on abortion issues. Respondents were asked whether they approved of the July Supreme Court decision in Webster vs. Reproductive Health Services, whether abortion should be legal and under what circumstances (e.g., possibility of birth defects, rape, unmarried motherhood, health risk to the woman, age of the female, and whether the pregnancy would force a teenager to quit high school or a professional woman to interrupt her career), and whether they favored or opposed possible restrictions on abortion, such as requiring parental consent and prohibiting public employees or hospitals from performing abortions. In addition, respondents' opinions were sought concerning use of public funds for abortion, child care costs, adoption services for unwanted children, whether their vote choices were affected by a candidate's stand on abortion, government regulation of abortion, the reasonableness/extremism of pro- and anti-abortionists, whether abortion was murder, and abortion as a form of birth control. In all surveys, respondents were asked if they approved of George Bush's handling of the presidency. A more detailed evaluation of Bush's performance in specific areas as well as Bush's relationship with Congress, important problems facing the nation, taxes, and United States aid to Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union also were addressed in the National Survey (Part 1). Background information on respondents includes registered voter status, 1988 presidential vote choice, political party affiliation, age, income, sex, religious preference, education, and race.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Created variable labels and/or value labels..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: National
    • DS2: California
    • DS3: Florida
    • DS4: Illinois
    • DS5: Ohio
    • DS6: Pennsylvania
    • DS7: Texas
Temporal Coverage
  • 1989-09-12 / 1989-10-01
    Time period: 1989-09-12--1989-10-01
  • 1989-09-12 / 1989-10-01
    Collection date: 1989-09-12--1989-10-01
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Adults aged 18 and over.
Collection Mode
  • These files contain a weight variable that must be used in any analysis.

2009-06-01 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 8 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
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
  • 9491 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09491.v1
  • Johnson, Timothy R., Martin, Andrew D.. The public's conditional response to Supreme Court decisions. American Political Science Review.92, (2), 299-309.1998.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Cook, Elizabeth Adell, Jelen, Ted G., Wilcox, Clyde. Measuring public attitudes on abortion: methodological and substantive considerations. Family Planning Perspectives.25, (3), 118-145.1993.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Goggin, Malcolm L.. Understanding the New Politics of Abortion: A Framework and Agenda for Research. American Politics Quarterly.21, (1), 4-30.1993.
    • ID: 10.1177/1532673X9302100102 (DOI)
  • Yang, Chulho. The effects of a Supreme Court ruling on people's attitudes toward abortion issues (abortion). Dissertation, Michigan State University. 1993.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 8 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

CBS News; The New York Times (1991): CBS News/New York Times Abortion Polls, September-October 1989. Archival Version. CBS News/New York Times Poll Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.