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ABC News/Washington Post Poll, February 1985 (ICPSR 8560)

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


In this survey respondents were asked to assess the performance of President Reagan and other top government officials and to give their opinions on proposed restrictions on federal student loans, Attorney General designee Edwin Meese, and the Democratic and Republican parties. In a series of questions relating to national political parties, respondents were asked to designate the party and its leaders best able to handle the major problems facing the county, to rate each party's concern with its own political power, and to describe the differences between the two parties. Other topics included in the survey were the 55 mile per hour speed limit, the Vietnam war, Nicaragua, and respondent's preference for and history of residence in different types of communities. Demographic characteristics also are included.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News/Washington Post. ABC NEWS/WASHINGTON POST POLL, FEBRUARY 1985. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1985. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-11-28. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08560.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08560.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Meese, Edwin, political parties, presidency, presidential performance, public opinion, Reagan Administration (1981-1989), Reagan, Ronald, social issues, student loans

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1985-02

Date of Collection:   

  • 1985-02

Universe:    The population of the United States, excluding Alaska and Hawaii, aged 18 and over.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

For reasons of confidentiality, respondents' phone numbers and zip codes have been replaced with blanks. A weight variable is included, which must be used in any analysis.


Sample:    Households were selected by random digit dialing.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1988-10-25

Version History:

  • 2006-11-28 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.



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