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ABC News/Washington Post Poll, January 1985 (ICPSR 8516)

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


This poll, conducted January 11-16, 1985, 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. Respondents were asked to rate Reagan's performance as president over the past four years and to describe their expectations for his performance in his second term in office. Respondents also were asked a series of questions relating to the nation's economy, their personal financial situation and expectations, and whether they trusted the Democrats or Republicans to do a better job in coping with the nation's problems. A series of questions asked about the federal budget deficit and ways to reduce it, federal income tax system and the Treasury Department's tax reform proposal. Additional subjects addressed support for nuclear power, the apartheid protests in South Africa, the New York City subway shooting, and gun ownership. Demographic variables include sex, age, race, education level, marital status, religious preference, voter registration status and participation history, political party affiliation, political philosophy, type of residential area (e.g., urban or rural), household income, the number of household members over the age of 18, whether respondents considered themselves to be middle or working class, and whether any member of the household was a veteran, a labor union member, or employed by the government.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News, and The Washington Post. ABC News/Washington Post Poll, January 1985 . ICPSR08516-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-11-18. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08516.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08516.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Apartheid, attitudes, economic conditions, federal budget deficit, federal income tax, firearms, flat tax, government spending, gun ownership, income taxes, national debt, national economy, nuclear power, personal security, political parties, presidency, presidential performance, public opinion, Reagan Administration (1981-1989), Reagan, Ronald, social classes, social issues, tax reform, unemployment

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1985-01

Date of Collection:   

  • 1985-01-11--1985-01-16

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    The population of the United States, excluding Alaska and Hawaii, aged 18 and over.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The data available for download are not weighted and users will need to weight the data prior to analysis.

To protect respondent confidentiality, respondent names were removed from the public use data file.

This data collection was produced by Chilton Research Services of Radnor, PA.


Sample:    Households were selected by random digit dialing.

Weight:    A weight variable (WEIGHT) is included in the data and must be used in any analysis. Cases were weighted by sex, age, education, and race.

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:

  • Created online analysis version with question text.


Original ICPSR Release:   1988-10-25

Version History:

  • 2009-11-18 Respondent names were removed from the data file. SPSS, SAS, and Sata setup and system files were added, as well as online analysis with question text.

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