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ABC News Politics Poll #1, March 1992 (ICPSR 9883)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News


This survey assessed the political climate of the United States on March 11, 1992. Those surveyed were asked whether the country was going in the right direction, whether they placed more trust in President George Bush or the Democrats in Congress to do a better job with the economy, whether they placed more trust in the Democratic or Republican party to cope with national problems, and whether Congress should meet the March 20 deadline set by President Bush for acting on his economic proposals. Respondents were also asked whether they had favorable impressions of the presidential candidates, whether Bush, Bill Clinton, or Paul Tsongas could be trusted to do a better job on the economy, whether they were concerned about Tsongas's ability to serve effectively as president because he had had cancer, whether they were satisfied that Clinton had the honesty and integrity to serve effectively as president, and whether they were better off financially than when Bush became president in 1989. In addition, respondents were asked if the United States needed a president that could set the nation in a new direction after four years of George Bush, or whether the United States needed to continue moving in the direction in which Bush had been taking it. The survey also addressed issues related to Congress, including whether the respondent felt inclined to vote for the re-election of his/her United States Representative, whether term limits for representatives should be adopted, and how the respondent viewed the congressional check-writing scandal. Background information on respondents includes political alignment, voter registration status, education, age, race, income, and sex.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News. ABC NEWS POLITICS POLL #1, MARCH 1992. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1992. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-07-03. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09883.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09883.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Bush, George H.W., Clinton, Bill, national economy, presidency, presidential candidates, presidential performance, public opinion, Tsongas, Paul, United States Congress, voter preferences

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1992-03-11

Date of Collection:   

  • 1992-03-11

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

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

A weight variable with two implied decimal places has been included and must be used with any analysis.


Sample:    Households were selected by random digit dialing. Within households, 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:   1993-02-14

Version History:

  • 2007-07-03 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.



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