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Principal Investigator(s): ABC News; The Washington Post
The hijacking of a TWA plane by Arab terrorists on June 14, 1985 is the focus of this survey. Respondents were asked if they approved of Ronald Reagan's handling of the hostage situation, if the United States should be negotiating for the release of the hostages, and if the United States should request Israel to meet the terrorists' demands for the release of Shiite Moslems being held prisoner. Other questions posed include whether the United States should reduce its ties to Israel and whether military action should be undertaken against terrorism in the Middle East even if it risks a larger war. An assessment of the actions of the Israeli government also is provided. Demographic characteristics are included as well.
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ABC News/Washington Post. ABC NEWS/WASHINGTON POST AMAL HIJACKING POLL, JUNE 1985. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1985. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-07-03. doi:10.3886/ICPSR08569.v1
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08569.v1
Scope of Study
Subject Terms: aircraft hijackings, Arab Israeli conflict, attitudes, hostage negotiation, hostages, international conflict, Middle East, public opinion, Reagan Administration (1981-1989), social issues, terrorism, terrorist attacks, terrorists
Geographic Coverage: United States
Date of Collection:
Universe: The population of the United States, excluding Alaska and Hawaii, aged 18 and over.
Data Types: survey data
Data Collection Notes:
For reasons of confidentiality, repondents' phone numbers have been replaced with blanks. A weight variable is included that must be used in any analysis.
Sample: Households were selected by random digit dialing.
Original ICPSR Release: 1988-10-25
- 2007-07-03 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.
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