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ABC News Iran Poll, December 1986 (ICPSR 8853)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News


This survey was conducted following the request by the Justice Department that a special independent counsel be appointed to investigate the Iran-contra affair. Respondents were asked to rate Reagan's presidency, and to indicate whether they approved of having an independent counsel appointed and believed that its investigation would bring out all the facts. Respondents also were asked if they believed that Reagan only learned about the money for the contras the week before, whether he should resign if the investigation showed that he was lying about when he learned of the plan, if they felt that Reagan was in control of his presidency, and whether they thought George Bush was involved in the Iran affair. Demographic data on respondents are included.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News. ABC NEWS IRAN POLL, DECEMBER 1986. ICPSR08853-v1. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1986. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-11-14. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08853.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08853.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Bush, George H.W., Iran Contra affair, presidency, presidential performance, public opinion, Reagan, Ronald

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1986-12

Date of Collection:   

  • 1986-12-02

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

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    Households were selected by random digit dialing.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1989-01-10

Version History:

  • 2006-11-14 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.



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