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ABC News/Washington Post Reagan Shooting Poll, March 1981 (ICPSR 8013)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News; The Washington Post


This special-topic poll is part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicit public opinion on the presidency and on a range of other politcal and social issues. This data collection probes respondents' opinions of President Ronald Reagan, Vice President George Bush, and Secretary of State Alexander Haig. Respondents were also asked about their support of handgun control in the wake of the attempted assassination of President Reagan. Respondents' race, education level, and age were also recorded.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News/The Washington Post. ABC NEWS/WASHINGTON POST REAGAN SHOOTING POLL, MARCH 1981. Conducted by Chilton Research Services. ICPSR ed. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [producer and distributor], 1982. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08013.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08013.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    assassination attempts, Bush, George H.W., gun control, Haig, Alexander, political issues, presidency, presidential performance, public opinion, Reagan Administration (1981-1989), Reagan, Ronald, social issues

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1981-03

Date of Collection:   

  • 1981-03-31

Data Type(s):    survey data


Data Source:

telephone interviews

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Standardized missing values.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-06-20

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