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ABC News/Washington Post Poll, July 1985 (ICPSR 8586)

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


Ronald Reagan's performance as President, his health, and his age were a central focus of this survey. Respondents also were questioned regarding the nation's economy, their personal financial situations and expectations, their impressions of a number of public figures, the federal budget deficit, government spending policies, education, "Star Wars," cancer, American and Soviet spying, and major league baseball. Demographic characteristics of respondents also were recorded.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News/Washington Post. ABC NEWS/WASHINGTON POST POLL, JULY 1985. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1985. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-01-09. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08586.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08586.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    baseball, cancer, education, espionage, federal budget deficit, government spending, national economy, personal finances, presidency, presidential performance, public figures, public opinion, Reagan Administration (1981-1989), Reagan, Ronald, Strategic Defense Initiative

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1985-07

Date of Collection:   

  • 1985-07

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' zip codes and phone numbers have been recoded to blanks. A weight variable is included in the data and 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:

  • 2007-01-09 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.

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