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ABC News/Washington Post Poll, September 1989 (ICPSR 9356)

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


This data collection is part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that evaluate the Bush presidency and solicit opinions on a variety of political and social issues. Topics covered include the economy, the environment, foreign affairs, the illegal drug problem, and whether the Bush administration was doing all it could to deal with major problems facing the nation. In addition, respondents were questioned in depth about race relations. They were asked about the proportion of Blacks and whites living in their neighborhoods, whether common sense or prejudice led whites to avoid driving through largely Black neighborhoods, why Blacks generally have worse jobs, income, and housing than whites, and if the quality of life for Blacks in the United States was better, worse, or about the same compared to ten years ago. Respondents also were questioned regarding homelessness, abortion, and the new Medicare program covering catastrophic illness and long-term hospital stays. Background information on respondents includes political alignment, 1988 presidential vote choice, education, age, religion, social class, marital status, household composition, labor union membership, employment status, race, sex, income, and state/region of residence.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News/Washington Post. ABC NEWS/WASHINGTON POST POLL, SEPTEMBER 1989. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1989. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-04-07. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09356.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09356.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    abortion, African Americans, Bush, George H.W., drugs, environment, foreign affairs, homelessness, long term care, Medicare, national economy, presidency, public opinion, race relations, White Americans

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1989-09-28--1989-10-03

Date of Collection:   

  • 1989-09-28--1989-10-03

Universe:    Adults aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The data contain blanks and alphabetic characters. Two weight variables are included that must be used in any analysis.


Sample:    Households were selected by random digit dialing. Within household, the respondent selected was the adult living in the household who last had a birthday and who was at home at the time of the interview. Questions 1-31 include an oversample of Black respondents.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1991-05-03

Version History:

  • 2008-04-07 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.

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