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ABC News/Washington Post Election Poll #2, October 1992 (ICPSR 6020)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News; The Washington Post


This election poll focuses primarily on public perceptions of the 1992 presidential campaign. Respondents were queried concerning the likelihood of their voting in the election, their vote intentions, the strength of their support for a preferred candidate, the possibility of changing to support a different candidate before the election, the candidate the respondent might change to, and the respondent's level of satisfaction regarding his/her choice for president. A major portion of the survey evaluated the 1992 campaign in terms of whether, in comparison with other recent presidential campaigns, it had dealt with the biggest problems facing the country, whether issues that the respondent really cared about had been addressed, and whether the campaign had been more positive or negative than past presidential campaigns. Presidential candidates were evaluated along a similar line of questioning. Those surveyed were also asked to describe their level of worry in response to a variety of issues including pollution and environmental problems, the Republicans or Democrats having too much political power, the American education system getting worse, and the federal government running out of money, and to indicate whether these issues had received enough attention during the campaign. In addition, respondents were asked about the helpfulness of the presidential debates in deciding on a candidate, whether Ross Perot's running for president was a good or a bad thing, whether they would have voted for Perot if they thought there was a chance he could have won, whether the next president would take the country in a new direction, whether things in the United States were currently going in the right direction, and whether they would want the job of president for themselves or their children. Background information on respondents includes voter registration status, party preference, education, age, race and Hispanic origin, household income, and sex.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News/Washington Post. ABC NEWS/WASHINGTON POST ELECTION POLL #2, OCTOBER 1992. ICPSR06020-v1. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1992. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-11-13. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06020.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06020.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    candidates, economic conditions, education, environmental policy, federal budget, national elections, political parties, presidential candidates, presidential debates, presidential elections, voter preferences, voters, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1992-10-27

Date of Collection:   

  • 1992-10-27

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 in 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 was at home at the time of the interview.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1993-12-18

Version History:

  • 2006-11-13 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.



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