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ABC News/Washington Post Iraq Poll, November 1990

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • ABC News
  • The Washington Post
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
attitudes; Bush Administration (1989-1993); Bush, George H.W.; economic sanctions; Middle East; military intervention; Persian Gulf War; presidential perfomance; public opinion; United Nations
  • Abstract

    This data collection focuses on the situation caused by Iraq's invasion of Kuwait. Respondents were asked if they approved of George Bush's handling of the situation and the sending of American troops to the Persian Gulf, if the United States should use military force if necessary to ensure Iraq withdraws from Kuwait, if the economic boycott of Iraq would make Iraq withdraw, if they approved of the United Nations Security Council authorization of the use of force should Iraq not withdraw by January 15th, whether the United Nations resolution would convince Iraq to withdraw, and whether Congress should endorse the resolution. Additional topics covered include the likelihood that the United States would get involved in a war with Iraq (and, if so, the length of that war), the resumption of the military draft in the United States, the likelihood of a diplomatic solution as a result of talks between Secretary of State Baker and the Iraqi foreign minister to Washington, issues surrounding the interaction between Bush and Congress regarding the situation and possible war, and the reason behind American troops' being sent to the Middle East (moral principle or economic reality). Background information provided includes political alignment, education, age, race, sex, and state/region of residence.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1990-11-30 / 1990-12-02
    Time period: 1990-11-30--1990-12-02
  • 1990-11-30 / 1990-12-02
    Collection date: 1990-11-30--1990-12-02
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.

2008-07-24 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
  • 9562 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09562.v1
  • Roberts, Steven V., Budiansky, Stephen. Raising the stakes. U.S. News and World Report.109, (24), 44 -1990.

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

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