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ABC News Marijuana Poll, May 1997 (ICPSR 2489)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News


This special topic poll sought respondents' views on legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use. Respondents were asked if they supported the use of marijuana for medical purposes when the patient was terminally ill, seriously but not fatally ill, or whenever it would help the patient medically. Those queried were asked if they believed that marijuana has legitimate medical uses. Background information on respondents includes sex and personal history of marijuana use.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News. ABC NEWS MARIJUANA POLL, MAY 1997. ICPSR02489-v1 Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1997. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-11-10. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02489.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02489.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    drug legalization, drug use, marijuana, medicine, public opinion, terminal illness

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Data Collection Notes:

(1) This collection has not been processed by ICPSR staff. ICPSR is distributing the data and documentation for this collection in essentially the same form in which they were received. When appropriate, hardcopy documentation has been converted to machine-readable form and variables have been recoded to ensure respondents' anonymity. (2) A weight variable with two implied decimal places has been included and must be used in any analysis.



Original ICPSR Release:   1998-07-28

Version History:

  • 2006-11-10 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.



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