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ABC News Daniloff Freedom Poll, September 1986 (ICPSR 8640)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News


This survey was conducted after the release of Nicholas Daniloff, a reporter who had been held by the Soviet Union on charges of spying. The United States government negotiated his release but denied that there was any connection between his release and the release of Gennadi Zakharov, a Soviet physicist who had been held by the United States on spying charges. Respondents were asked about: their knowledge of the Daniloff case, whether or not they thought there was a swap, if they considered the case a victory or a defeat for the United States, and their evaluation of how Reagan handled the case. Respondents were also asked to evaluate Reagan's handling of the hostage situation in Beirut, Lebanon. In addition, they were asked whether or not they expected any important accomplishments to come from the upcoming summit meeting between Reagan and Gorbachev in Iceland.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News. ABC NEWS DANILOFF FREEDOM POLL, SEPTEMBER 1986. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1986. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-05-07. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08640.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08640.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Cold War, detente, diplomacy, espionage, foreign affairs, Gorbachev, Mikhail, leadership, presidential performance, Reagan Administration (1981-1989), Reagan, Ronald, Soviet Union, terrorism, treaties, Lebanon, United States

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1986-09-30

Date of Collection:   

  • 1986-09-30

Universe:    The adult population of the United States aged 18 and over.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The data contain blanks.


Sample:    Households were selected by random digit dialing.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1988-01-06

Version History:

  • 2007-05-07 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.



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