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ABC News Gary Hart Poll, December 1987 (ICPSR 8926)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News


Gary Hart's decision to re-enter the 1988 presidential race was the central focus of this survey. Respondents' opinions were sought on Hart's chances of winning the Democratic nomination, how seriously he believed he could win, whether his action would hurt the Democrats' chances of winning in 1988, and the importance of a candidate's private morals compared with his or her public stands on the issues. Respondents' opinions of George Bush, Jesse Jackson, Michael Dukakis, and other public figures also were recorded. Demographic characteristics of respondents are included.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News. ABC News Gary Hart Poll, December 1987. ICPSR08926-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-12-05. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08926.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08926.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Bush, George H.W., Democratic Party (USA), Dukakis, Michael, Hart, Gary, Jackson, Jesse, presidential elections, public figures, public opinion

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1987-12

Date of Collection:   

  • 1987-12-15

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:

  • 2006-12-05 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.



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