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ABC News/Washington Post Poll #1, September 1990 (ICPSR 9557)

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. Major topics covered include Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, the economy, the federal government, and the upcoming congressional election. Respondents were asked if they approved of the way Bush, King Hussein of Jordan, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Jesse Jackson were handling the situation caused by Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, how important it was for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait, if they approved of Bush's decision to send American military forces to the Persian Gulf, if they thought Bush had been tough enough with Iraq, if the United States should strike first against Iraq, if the United States would have to get involved in a land war with Iraq, and if the economic boycott would make Iraq withdraw from Kuwait. Concerning economic issues, respondents were questioned about consumer prices and taxes. They were also asked for their opinions on which country was the strongest economic power, whether life was easier or harder for young people currently, and whether it would be easier or harder ten years from now. Other questions revolved around confidence in various American institutions, respondent's trust in the federal government, the level of ethics and honesty in politics, the degree to which public officials care about people like the respondent, and the importance of various political and social issues in deciding which candidate and political party to vote for on election day. Background information on respondents includes political alignment, 1988 presidential vote choice, registered voter status, education, age, religion, social class, marital status, number of people in the household, labor union membership, employment status, race, income, sex, and state/region of residence.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News, and The Washington Post. ABC News/Washington Post Poll #1, September 1990. ICPSR09557-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1991. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09557.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09557.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Bush Administration (1989-1993), Bush, George H.W., congressional elections, economic conditions, federal government, foreign relations, military intervention, Persian Gulf War, political issues, presidency, presidential performance, public confidence, public opinion, social issues, taxes, trust in government

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1990-09-06--1990-09-09

Date of Collection:   

  • 1990-09-06--1990-09-09

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. 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

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