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ABC News Colin Powell Poll, September 1995 (ICPSR 6676)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News


This special topic poll sought respondents' views on the 1996 presidential election, specifically the possible candidacy of retired General Colin Powell. Given President Bill Clinton, Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, and Colin Powell as candidates, those queried were asked for whom they would vote. Respondents were also asked to give their opinions on Colin Powell's support of legal abortion, restrictions on gun sales, the death penalty, and having a moment of silent prayer in public schools. Demographic variables include sex, age, race, education, political party, political orientation, family income, and voter registration and participation history.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News. ABC NEWS COLIN POWELL POLL, SEPTEMBER 1995. ICPSR version. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1995. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1998. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06676.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06676.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    abortion, capital punishment, Clinton, Bill, Dole, Bob, gun control, gun regulation, Powell, Colin, presidential candidates, presidential elections, school prayer, voter attitudes, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1995-09

Date of Collection:   

  • 1995-09

Universe:    Adults 18 years old and older in the United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data

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 on the ICPSR Web site. (3) 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 who was at home at the time of the interview.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1998-05-20


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