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ABC News Supreme Court Nomination Poll, July 1991

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • ABC News
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
abortion; public aprroval; public opinion; Supreme Court nominations; Thomas, Clarence; United States Supreme Court
  • Abstract

    This survey focuses on the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court of the United States. Respondents were asked if they approved of the way the Supreme Court was doing its job, if the Supreme Court was becoming more conservative in its decisions, if they approved of Thomas's nomination to the Supreme Court, if the Senate should only consider Thomas's background and qualifications or if it should consider his political views as well, and if Thomas should be confirmed only if he indicates that he would vote to overturn/uphold the Supreme Court's 1973 ruling that allowed a woman to have a legal abortion for any reason during the first three months of pregnancy. Respondents also were questioned about White House Chief of Staff John Sununu's use of government and corporate planes while he was not on official White House business. Background information on respondents includes political alignment, education, age, race, sex, and state/region of residence.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1991-07-01
  • Collection date: 1991-07-01
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
  • A weight variable is included that must be used in any analysis.

2007-09-18 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
  • 9612 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09612.v1
  • 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 (1992): ABC News Supreme Court Nomination Poll, July 1991. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.