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ABC News Iraq Attack Poll, January 1993 (ICPSR 6176)

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This special topic poll solicited public opinion on the bombing raid conducted by the United States in response to Iraq's violation of the terms of the cease-fire ending the Persian Gulf War. Approval of the bombing raid and perception of its effectiveness was assessed, and respondents were also asked to consider the option of continued bombing in response to further Iraqi violations of the cease-fire. Other questions covered the Bush Administration's plan to send 600 to 800 troops to Kuwait to guard against border violations by Iraq, and the possibility of the United States becoming involved in another war with Iraq. Respondents were asked whether the United States should do everything it could to force Saddam Hussein from power, whether the United States should attempt to kill Saddam Hussein, whether President George Bush did the right thing by bombing Iraq before Bill Clinton took office, and if Clinton could be expected to do a better job of handling the situation in the Persian Gulf. On other subjects, respondents were queried regarding Bush's decision to send troops to Somalia, and whether the United States should take military action against Serbia to stop it from supporting Serbian fighters in neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina. Background information on respondents includes political party, age, and sex.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News. ABC NEWS IRAQ ATTACK POLL, JANUARY 1993. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1993. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-12-06. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06176.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   Bush, George H.W., Clinton, Bill, Hussein, Saddam, Iraq, Kuwait, military air strikes, military intervention, Persian Gulf War, public approval, public opinion, Somalia

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1993-01-13

Date of Collection:  

  • 1993-01-13

Universe:   Persons aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in the 48 contiguous United States.

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

A weight variable with two implied decimal places has been included and must be used in any analysis.


Sample:   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.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


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Version History:

  • 2006-12-06 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.



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