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ABC News/Washington Post Sex and Abortion Poll, May 1981 (ICPSR 8016)

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


This special-topic poll is part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicit public opinion on the presidency and on a range of political and social issues. This data collection consists of respondents' attitudes toward abortion under certain circumstances. Respondents were asked about their religious beliefs and if they personally knew someone who had an abortion. They were also questioned about the death penalty, premarital sex, coed dormitories, marijuana, pornography, and the status of women under the Reagan administration. Additional variables probed respondents' perceptions of groups such as big corporations, the Moral Majority, the Catholic church, military leaders, Jewish people, the news media, and labor unions. Demographic information on the respondents was collected, including race, age, sex, income and educational levels, type of residence, number and ages of children, and religious affiliation.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News/The Washington Post. ABC NEWS/WASHINGTON POST SEX AND ABORTION POLL, MAY 1981. Conducted by Chilton Research Services. ICPSR ed. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [producer and distributor], 1982. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08016.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08016.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    abortion, capital punishment, Catholic Church, corporations, Jewish peoples, labor unions, marijuana, military, Moral Majority, news media, political issues, pornography, premarital sex, presidency, presidential performance, public opinion, Reagan Administration (1981-1989), Reagan, Ronald, womens rights

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1981-05

Date of Collection:   

  • 1981-05-17--1981-05-20

Data Type(s):    survey data


Data Source:

telephone interviews

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:

  • Standardized missing values.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-03-18

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