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ABC News Poll of Public Opinion on Current Social and Political Issues, December 1981 (ICPSR 8020)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News


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 colletion focuses on President Ronald Reagan, Libya, and the economy. Respondents were asked to evaluate Reagan's presidency and his handling of the nation's economy, to give their opinions of United States relations with Libya, and to assess the impact of Reagan's economic policies on their personal financial situations. Demographic information including respondent's race, age, household income, and educational level was collected.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News. ABC NEWS POLL OF PUBLIC OPINION ON CURRENT SOCIAL AND POLITICAL ISSUES, DECEMBER 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/ICPSR08020.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08020.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    assassination attempts, attitudes, domestic policy, economic policy, national economy, political issues, presidential performance, public approval, public opinion, Reagan Administration (1981-1989), Reagan, Ronald, Reaganomics, Libya

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1981-12

Date of Collection:   

  • 1981-12

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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