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ABC News "Nightline" Smokers Poll, June 1997 (ICPSR 2494)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News


This special topic poll sought respondents' views on smoking. Respondents were asked for their opinions on whether prevention measures had gone too far or whether the government should take further actions to limit the use of cigarettes and other tobacco products, such as regulating nicotine amounts in cigarettes, limiting smoking to one's home, and passing legislation that would make the act of purchasing cigarettes illegal. Those queried were asked how well they understood the dangers associated with tobacco use, and who they felt should bear the financial responsibility for smoking-related health problems. Respondents who identified themselves as smokers were asked to describe difficulties they experienced while trying to quit smoking, whether they had attempted to or intended to stop smoking, and how smokers had been affected by current attitudes regarding smoking. The results of the poll were announced on the ABC television program "Nightline." Background information on respondents includes age, race, ethnicity, sex, and education.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News. ABC News "Nightline" Smokers Poll, June 1997 . ICPSR02494-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-09-25. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02494.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02494.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    attitudes, government regulation, health behavior, legislation, public opinion, smoking, tobacco products

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Data Collection Notes:

(1) This collection has not been processed by ICPSR staff. ICPSR is distributing the data and documentation for this collection in essentially the same form in which they were received. When appropriate, hardcopy documentation has been converted to machine-readable form and variables have been recoded to ensure respondents' anonymity. (2) The codebook is provided as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided through the ICPSR Website on the Internet. (3) A weight variable with two implied decimal places has been included and must be used in any analysis.


Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.


Original ICPSR Release:   1998-10-28

Version History:

  • 2009-09-25 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.



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