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ABC News "Nightline" Somalia Poll, October 1993 (ICPSR 6289)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News


For this special topic poll, respondents were asked whether they approved of President Bill Clinton's handling of the situation in Somalia and, looking back, whether they approved of former President George Bush's decision to send United States troops to Somalia. The U.S. role in Somalia was addressed in detail, with questions on whether America's vital interests were at stake in Somalia, the conditions under which the United States should withdraw from Somalia and when, whether 450 more troops and tanks should be sent to Somalia, whether the United States should continue trying to capture warlord Mohammed Aideed, and whether the United States should respond with a major military attack against Aideed's forces if American soldiers held as prisoners couldn't be freed through negotiations. The results of the poll were announced on the ABC television program "Nightline" the day the poll was taken. Demographic background variables include political orientation and sex.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News. ABC NEWS "NIGHTLINE" SOMALIA POLL, OCTOBER 1993. ICPSR version. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1993. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1997. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06289.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06289.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    attitudes, Bush, George H.W., Clinton, Bill, military intervention, military operations, national interests, prisoners of war, public approval, public opinion, Somalia

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1993-10

Date of Collection:   

  • 1993-10

Universe:    Adults aged 18 and over living in households with telephones.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) A weight variable with two implied decimal places has been included and must be used in any analysis. (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 the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided through the ICPSR Website on the Internet. The codebook is also available in hardcopy form upon request from ICPSR.


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 interview.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1997-05-16


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