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CBS News National Surveys, 1985 (ICPSR 8547)

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Each dataset contains questions of topical relevance or questions which pertain to broader social issues. The hijacking of TWA flight 847 was the focus of the first two surveys. Respondents were asked to evaluate Reagan's handling of the crisis, to give their opinions on how the United States should deal with terrorism and terrorists, and to explain their attitudes about United States policy in the Middle East and media coverage of the event. Attitudes towards air safety, including effects on travel plans, were explored in the third survey. The fourth dealt with the United States/Soviet summit meeting in Geneva. Questions regarding the summit include approval or disapproval of Reagan's handling of the summit, whether and how to negotiate with the Soviet Union, attitudes towards Gorbachev, and the role the leaders' wives played. In the final survey, respondents were queried about professional football--the game, teams, players, coaches, and media coverage. All respondents were asked for demographic information.

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  June 18: Flight 847 Hijacking Survey - Download All Files (2 MB)
DS2:  June 26: TWA 847 Hijack Poll #2 - Download All Files (2 MB)
DS3:  August 29: Fear of Flying - Download All Files (2.1 MB)
DS4:  November 20: Summit 1985 - Download All Files (2.1 MB)
DS5:  December 10-11: Football Survey - Download All Files (2.2 MB)

Study Description


CBS News. CBS News National Surveys, 1985. ICPSR08547-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1986. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08547.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   demographic characteristics, detente, diplomacy, foreign affairs, international relations, leisure, mass media, media coverage, newspapers, political attitudes, presidential performance, public opinion, Reagan, Ronald, recreation, television, terrorism, transportation, violence, world politics

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1985

Date of Collection:  

  • 1985-06-18--1985-12-11

Universe:   Adults in the United States age 18 and over.

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

There is a weight variable for each dataset which must be used in any analysis. The area code and exchange code variables have been recoded to 9's for reasons of confidentiality.


Sample:   Stratified random digit dialing.

Data Source:

telephone surveys


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Version History:

  • 2006-01-18 File CB8547.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.

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