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ABC News/Washington Post Poll, October 1990

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • ABC News
  • The Washington Post
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
Bush, George H.W.; economic policy; federal budget deficit; Iraq; Israel; Israeli Palestinian conflict; Kuwait; military intervention; national economy; national elections; Persian Gulf War; political parties; presidency; presidential candidates; public approval; public officials; public opinion
  • 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. Major topics covered include Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, the federal budget deficit, the upcoming general election, and issues regarding Israel. Questions focusing on the situation in the Persian Gulf addressed the issues of the use of military force if necessary to ensure Iraq's withdrawal from Kuwait, long-term military presence of the United States in the Gulf region, the use of military force should the economic embargo prove unsuccessful, the likelihood that the United States would go to war with Iraq, and Americans and other foreigners being held hostage by Iraq. Respondents also were asked if they approved of the way George Bush, the Democrats, and the Republicans in Congress were handling the budget deficit, who was more to blame for the large deficit, who was working harder to reduce it, and if they thought the congressional committees would come up with a better budget plan after the rejection of the plan drawn up by Bush and leaders of Congress. In addition, respondents were asked which candidate and political party they would vote for on election day, if they approved of the way their public officials (congressional representative, governor, Congress, and state legislature) were doing their jobs, if they approved of proposals to limit the number of years a person could serve as an elected public official at the state and national levels, and what they thought about a number of issues related to Israel and the Palestinians. Background information on respondents includes political alignment, 1988 presidential vote choice, registered voter status, education, age, religion, social class, marital status, number of people in the household, labor union membership, employment status, race, income, sex, and state/region of residence.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1990-10-11 / 1990-10-14
    Time period: 1990-10-11--1990-10-14
  • 1990-10-11 / 1990-10-14
    Collection date: 1990-10-11--1990-10-14
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
  • (1) The data contain blanks and alphabetic characters. A weight variable is included that must be used in any analysis.

2008-07-31 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9560 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Norrander, Barbara, Wilcox, Clyde. Rallying Around the Flag and Partisan Change: The Case of the Persian Gulf War. Political Research Quarterly.46, (4), 759-770.1993.

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

ABC News; The Washington Post (1991): ABC News/Washington Post Poll, October 1990. Version 1. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.