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Taken from: ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 1985.

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1. MOST IMPORTANT PROBLEM TODAY

1. In your opinion, what do you think is the most important problem facing this country today? (INTERVTEWER: DO NOT READ CATEGORIES. CIRCLE THE APPROPRIATE CATEGORY BELOW. CIRCLE ONLY ONE CATEGORY.) (IF "DON'T KNOW" TO Q. 1, OR OTHER OUEST... (view details)

Taken from: ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 1985.

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2. A/D REAGAN HANDLING HIS JOB

2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ronald Reagan is handling his job as president? (STOP, GET ANSWER, THEN READ:) Is that approve/disapprove strongly, or approve/disapprove somewhat? ... (view details)

Taken from: ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 1985.

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3. A/D REGAN HANDLING FOREIGN AFFAIRS

3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Reagan is handling foreign affairs?

Taken from: ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 1985.

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4. A/D REGAN HANDLING NATION'S ECONOMY

4. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Reagan is handling the nation's economy?

Taken from: ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 1985.

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5. A/D REGAN HANDLING FED BUDGET DEF

5. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Reagan is handling the federal budget deficit?

Taken from: ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 1985.

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6. A/D REGAN HANDLING FARM COMMUNITY

6. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Reagan is handling the economic situation of the farmers?

Taken from: ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 1985.

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7. NATION'S ECON BETTER, WORSE, SAME

7. Do you think the nation's economy is getting better, getting worse, or staying the same?

Taken from: ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 1985.

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8. A/D WORK HARD EVENTUALLY GET AHEAD

8. Do you agree or disagree that it is true in this country that if you work hard, eventually you will get ahead?

Taken from: ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 1985.

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9. BETTER OFF FINANCIALLY THAN PARENTS

9. Think of your parents when they were your age. Would you say you are better off financially than they were, or not?

Taken from: ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 1985.

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10. HOW MUCH OF THE TIME TRUST GOV

10. How much of the time do you think you can trust the government in Washington to do what is right--just about always, most of the time, or only some of the time? ... (view details)

Taken from: ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 1985.

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11. WHICH NATIONAL SEC STATEMENT

11. Which of these two statements do you tend to agree with more: A) U.S. politicat leaders are usually correct when they tell the American people that our national security is threatened, or... B) Government leaders often say our national... (view details)

Taken from: ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 1985.

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12. READ/HEARD ABOUT MISSILE CALLED MX

12. On another subject, have you read or heard about a proposed new U.S. nuclear missile called MX?

Taken from: ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 1985.

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13. U.S. SHOULD BUILD MX MISSILE OR NOT

13. Do you think the U.S. should build the MX missile or not?

Taken from: ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 1985.

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14. THINK GOV SHOULD INCREASE TAXES

14. On another subject, financial experts say the government now has the largest federal budget deficit in history. Do you think the government should increase taxes substantially to reduce the budget deficit, or not? ... (view details)

Taken from: ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 1985.

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15. THINK GOV SHOULD CUT SPEND SOC PRO

15. Do you think the government should cut spending for social programs substantially to reduce the budget deficit, or not?

Taken from: ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 1985.

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16. THINK GOV SHOULD CUT MILITARY SPEND

16. Do you think the government should cut military spending substantially to reduce the budget deficit, or not?

Taken from: ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 1985.

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17. READ/HEARD ABOUT FIGHTING NICARAGUA

17. On another subject, have you read or heard anything about the fighting between the Sandinista government in Nicatagba and rebels seeking to overthrow that government? ... (view details)

Taken from: ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 1985.

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18. DO YOU KNOW WHICH SIDE U.S. BACKING

18. Do you happen to know which side the U.S. is backing in Nicaragua, the rebels or the government?

Taken from: ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 1985.

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19. SHOULD U.S. BE INVOLVED IN OVERTHROW

19. Should the United States be involed in trying to overthrow the government in Nicaragua, or not?

Taken from: ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 1985.

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20. REAGAN, THINK HE WANTS U.S. INVOLVED

20. And what about Reagan, do you think he wants the United States to be involved in overthrowing the government of Nicarauga,or not? ... (view details)

Taken from: ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 1985.

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21. SAME INVOLVEMENT AS IT DID IN VIETNAM

21. Do you think the Unites States is heading for the same kind of involvement in Central America as it had in the Vietnam war or do you think the United States will avoid that kind of involvement this time? ... (view details)

Taken from: ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 1985.

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22. CHANCES U.S. AND SOVIET LIMIT ARMS

22. Now I'd like to ask you about arms control. As you may know, representatives from the United States and the Soviet Union are now meeting in Geneva to discuss arms control. How would you rate the chances of the United States and the Sov... (view details)

Taken from: ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 1985.

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23. READ/HEARD ANYTHING ABOUT GORBACHEV

23. Have you read or heard anything about Mikhail Gorbachev (ME-KAL GOR-BAH-SHEV), the new leader of the Soviet Union?

Taken from: ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 1985.

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24. THINK RELATIONS WILL GET BETTER, WORSE

24. Just your best guess - under Gorbachev (GORE-BAH-SHEV) do you think relations between the United States and the Soviet Union will get better, get worse or stay about the same? ... (view details)

Taken from: ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 1985.

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25. SHOULD WE RETURN TO MILITARY DRAFT

25. Do you think we should return to the military draft at this time or not?

Taken from: ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 1985.

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26. THINK WOMEN SHOULD BE DRAFTED TOO

26. If young men are drafted, do you think women should be drafted too, or not?

Taken from: ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 1985.

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27. DIRECTION OF DEM PARTY FIRST MENTION

27. On another subject: which, if any, of these people would you most like to see leading and helping determine the direction of the Democratic party: Edward Kennedy, Gary Hart, Mario Cuomo, Bill Bradley, Jesse Jackson, Walter Mondale, Ger... (view details)

Taken from: ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 1985.

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27. DIRECTION OF DEM PARTY SECOND MENTION

27. On another subject: which, if any, of these people would you most like to see leading and helping determine the direction of the Democratic party: Edward Kennedy, Gary Hart, Mario Cuomo, Bill Bradley, Jesse Jackson, Walter Mondale, Ger... (view details)

Taken from: ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 1985.

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27. DIRECTION OF DEM PARTY THIRD MENTION

27. On another subject: which, if any, of these people would you most like to see leading and helping determine the direction of the Democratic party: Edward Kennedy, Gary Hart, Mario Cuomo, Bill Bradley, Jesse Jackson, Walter Mondale, Ger... (view details)

Taken from: ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 1985.

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27. DIRECTION OF DEM PARTY FOURTH MENTION

27. On another subject: which, if any, of these people would you most like to see leading and helping determine the direction of the Democratic party: Edward Kennedy, Gary Hart, Mario Cuomo, Bill Bradley, Jesse Jackson, Walter Mondale, Ger... (view details)

Taken from: ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 1985.

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27. DIRECTION OF DEM PARTY FIFTH MENTION

27. On another subject: which, if any, of these people would you most like to see leading and helping determine the direction of the Democratic party: Edward Kennedy, Gary Hart, Mario Cuomo, Bill Bradley, Jesse Jackson, Walter Mondale, Ger... (view details)

Taken from: ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 1985.

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28. NOT LIKE TO SEE LEAD DEM FIRST

28. Thinking of the same people: which of them, if any, would you NOT like to see leading and helping determine the direction of the Democratic party: Edward Kennedy, Gary Hart, Mario Cuomo, Bill Bradley, Jesse Jackson, Walter Mondale, Ger... (view details)

Taken from: ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 1985.

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28. NOT LIKE TO SEE LEAD DEM SECOND

28. Thinking of the same people: which of them, if any, would you NOT like to see leading and helping determine the direction of the Democratic party: Edward Kennedy, Gary Hart, Mario Cuomo, Bill Bradley, Jesse Jackson, Walter Mondale, Ger... (view details)

Taken from: ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 1985.

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28. NOT LIKE TO SEE LEAD DEM THIRD

28. Thinking of the same people: which of them, if any, would you NOT like to see leading and helping determine the direction of the Democratic party: Edward Kennedy, Gary Hart, Mario Cuomo, Bill Bradley, Jesse Jackson, Walter Mondale, Ger... (view details)

Taken from: ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 1985.

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28. NOT LIKE TO SEE LEAD DEM FOURTH

28. Thinking of the same people: which of them, if any, would you NOT like to see leading and helping determine the direction of the Democratic party: Edward Kennedy, Gary Hart, Mario Cuomo, Bill Bradley, Jesse Jackson, Walter Mondale, Ger... (view details)

Taken from: ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 1985.

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28. NOT LIKE TO SEE LEAD DEM FIFTH

28. Thinking of the same people: which of them, if any, would you NOT like to see leading and helping determine the direction of the Democratic party: Edward Kennedy, Gary Hart, Mario Cuomo, Bill Bradley, Jesse Jackson, Walter Mondale, Ger... (view details)

Taken from: ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 1985.

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29. SIDE U.S. SUPPORTED IN VIETNAM

29. Now, I'd like to ask you about the Vietnam War. Do you happen to remember which side the U.S. supported in the Vietnam War - South Vietnam or North Vietnam? ... (view details)

Taken from: ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 1985.

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30. A/D MILITARILY INVOLVMNT IN VIETNAM

30. As you may know, the United States' military involvement in the Vietnam war ended ten years ago in 1975. Some people think we should not have become militarily involved in Vietnem, while other think we should have. What is your opinion... (view details)

Taken from: ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 1985.

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31. EXTENT OF MILITARY FORCE

31. Should we have used more militarv force, less military force, or did we use about the right amount?

Taken from: ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 1985.

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32. U.S. PREVENTED COMMUNIST TAKEOVER

32. Could the United States have prevented by military force the commnunist takeover of South Vietnam or would the comnunist takeover have happened no matter how much military forced we used? ... (view details)

Taken from: ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 1985.

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33. S VIETNMESE SUPPORT U.S./NORTH VIETNAM

33. At the time of the Vietnam War, did you think most of the South Vietnamese supported what the United States was trying to do, or did most of them support what the North Vietnamese were trying to do, or did most of them not care which s... (view details)

Taken from: ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 1985.

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34. BETTER OR WORSE OFF FOR WAR ON TV

34. During the war in Vietnam, American reporters and TV crews were with the U.S. troops and reported what they saw. The Vietnam War was the first to be reported fully on TV. Do you think the country was better off or worse off for having ... (view details)

Taken from: ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 1985.

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35. CLEAR IDEA OF WHAT VIETNAM WAS ABOUT

35. Do you feel you have a clear idea of what the Vietnam war was all about, that is, what we were fighting for?

Taken from: ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 1985.

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36. SUPPORTER/CRITIC ANITWAR MOVEMENT

36. Thinking back to the anti-war movement in the United States during the time of the Vietnam War. At that time, were you a supporter or a critic of the antiwar movement? ... (view details)

Taken from: ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 1985.

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37. HOW VIETNAM AFFECTED YOUR LIFE

37. How much would you say the Vietnam war affected your everyday life: (READ LIST)

Taken from: ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 1985.

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38A. DISCUSS WAR WITH FAMILY/FRIENDS

38. At the time of the war, did you (READ EACH ITEM AND RECORD REPSONSE) A) Often discuss the war with family or friends

Taken from: ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 1985.

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38B. PARTICIPATE IN ANTIWAR ACTIVITY

38. At the time of the war, did you (READ EACH ITEM AND RECORD REPSONSE) B) Participate in some kind of anti-war activity

Taken from: ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 1985.

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38C. KNOW SOMEONE WHO SERVED IN VIETNAM

38. At the time of the war, did you (READ EACH ITEM AND RECORD REPSONSE) C) Know someone who served in the armed forces in Vietnam

Taken from: ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 1985.

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38D. KNOW SOME KILLED IN VIETNAM

38. At the time of the war, did you (READ EACH ITEM AND RECORD REPSONSE) D) Know someone who was killed in Vietnam

Taken from: ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 1985.

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