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ABC News Politics Poll #1, March 1992

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • ABC News
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
Bush, George H.W.; Clinton, Bill; national economy; presidency; presidential candidates; presidential performance; public opinion; Tsongas, Paul; United States Congress; voter preferences
  • Abstract

    This survey assessed the political climate of the United States on March 11, 1992. Those surveyed were asked whether the country was going in the right direction, whether they placed more trust in President George Bush or the Democrats in Congress to do a better job with the economy, whether they placed more trust in the Democratic or Republican party to cope with national problems, and whether Congress should meet the March 20 deadline set by President Bush for acting on his economic proposals. Respondents were also asked whether they had favorable impressions of the presidential candidates, whether Bush, Bill Clinton, or Paul Tsongas could be trusted to do a better job on the economy, whether they were concerned about Tsongas's ability to serve effectively as president because he had had cancer, whether they were satisfied that Clinton had the honesty and integrity to serve effectively as president, and whether they were better off financially than when Bush became president in 1989. In addition, respondents were asked if the United States needed a president that could set the nation in a new direction after four years of George Bush, or whether the United States needed to continue moving in the direction in which Bush had been taking it. The survey also addressed issues related to Congress, including whether the respondent felt inclined to vote for the re-election of his/her United States Representative, whether term limits for representatives should be adopted, and how the respondent viewed the congressional check-writing scandal. Background information on respondents includes political alignment, voter registration status, education, age, race, income, and sex.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1992-03-11
  • Collection date: 1992-03-11
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 households, 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 with two implied decimal places has been included and must be used with any analysis.

2007-07-03 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
  • 9883 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09883.v1

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

ABC News (1993): ABC News Politics Poll #1, March 1992. Archival Version. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.