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ABC News Poll on Nicaragua, March 1986 (ICPSR 8577)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News


This survey was conducted after President Reagan's speech of March 16, 1986. In his speech Reagan requested that Congress approve increased military aid to the Nicaraguan rebels (the contras). Respondents were asked if they had heard the speech, whether or not they approve of aid to the rebels, whether or not they approve of Reagan's handling of the situation in Nicaragua, and if they consider the situation in Nicaragua to be a threat to the security of the United States.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News. ABC News Poll on Nicaragua, March 1986. ICPSR08577-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-05-07. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08577.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08577.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    conflict, foreign aid, foreign policy, international affairs, national security, presidential performance, public opinion, Reagan, Ronald

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1986-03-16

Date of Collection:   

  • 1986-03-16

Universe:    The population of the United States aged 18 and over.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The data contain blanks.


Sample:    Households were selected by random digit dialing.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1988-03-16

Version History:

  • 2007-05-07 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.

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