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ABC News/Washington Post Poll of Public Opinion on Current Social and Political Issues, November 1981 (ICPSR 8019)

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 other political and social issues. This data collection explores respondents' perceptions of the differences between the Republican and Democratic parties and the strengths of the parties. Respondents were questioned about the effect of high interest rates on their plans to buy a home, purchase a car, or take a vacation. Respondents were also were asked for their opinions about Ronald Reagan's performance as president, budget director David Stockman, and military reductions in Europe by the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Demographic information about the respondent includes age, race, sex, religion, educational level, martial status, and type of residence.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News/The Washington Post. ABC NEWS/WASHINGTON POST POLL OF PUBLIC OPINION ON CURRENT SOCIAL AND POLITICAL ISSUES, NOVEMBER 1981. Conducted by Chilton Research Services. ICPSR ed. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [producer and distributor], 1983. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08019.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08019.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    attitudes, automobiles, consumer behavior, Democratic Party (USA), home ownership, interest rates, national economy, perceptions, presidency, presidential performance, purchasing, Reagan Administration (1981-1989), Reagan, Ronald, Stockman, David, vacations

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1981-11

Date of Collection:   

  • 1981-11

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:   1984-06-20

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