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ABC News START Talks Poll, January 1985 (ICPSR 8556)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News


This survey was conducted just prior to Secretary of State George Shultz's meeting with Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko in Geneva to discuss arms control. Respondents were asked if they approved of Ronald Reagan's handling of foreign affairs and relations with the Soviet Union in particular, if they felt the United States or the Soviet Union was ahead in military power, and if the United States should strive for military superiority. They also were asked whether they approved of the United States' entering into a new round of arms control talks, how they would rate the chances of success of the talks, and whether they felt the Soviet Union would cheat on an agreement if one were reached. In addition, respondents were queried for their opinions on the new defensive weapons that use lasers to shoot down enemy missiles and the impact of this technology on the arms race.

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Study Description


ABC News. ABC News START Talks Poll, January 1985. ICPSR08556-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-09-20. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08556.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08556.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    arms control, arms control negotiations, arms race, Cold War, foreign affairs, military strength, national security, public opinion, Reagan, Ronald, Strategic Defense Initiative, weapons systems

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1985-01

Date of Collection:   

  • 1985-01

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

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

For reasons of confidentiality, the phone numbers of respondents have been replaced with blanks.


Sample:    Households were selected by random digit dialing.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1988-10-25

Version History:

  • 2007-09-20 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.



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