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ABC News/Washington Post Poll, January 1990 (ICPSR 9436)

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. Respondents were asked to name the two most important problems facing the country, if they approved of the way George Bush was handling the nation's economy, the environment, the illegal drug problem, and foreign affairs, and if they trusted federal, state, and local governments to do what was right. Respondents also were questioned as to which political party they trusted to do a better job handling a variety of political, economic, and social problems, if they thought things would get better in the next ten years, and how they would rate the military and economic power of the United States vis-a-vis Japan and the Soviet Union over the past 20 years. Other topics covered include the United States military action in Panama, Manuel Noriega, the illegal drug problem, and respondents' satisfaction with careers, marriage, children, and cultural life. 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, JANUARY 1990. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1990. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-11-28. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09436.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09436.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Bush Administration (1989-1993), Bush, George H.W., drug laws, economic conditions, environment, foreign policy, government performance, life satisfaction, military intervention, military strength, Noriega, Manuel, Panama, political parties, political power, presidency, public opinion, quality of life, social issues, Soviet Union, trust in government

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1990-01-11--1990-01-16

Date of Collection:   

  • 1990-01-11--1990-01-16

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:

A weight variable is 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.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1991-05-03

Version History:

  • 2006-11-28 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.

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