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WABC-TV/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Poll, September 1985 (ICPSR 8590)

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Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is the topic of this poll. Respondents were asked to identify different ways the disease could be caught and particular groups within the population affected by it. They were also asked whether they thought the disease was spreading so that it was a threat to the general public, and if they feared contracting the disease themselves. Other questions probed for respondents' opinions on locating AIDS treatment and housing centers, allowing students with AIDS to attend public schools, removing public school employees with AIDS from their jobs, putting people with AIDS into quarantine, and paying extra taxes to fund research to cure the disease. Respondents were queried regarding their sexual orientation, steps they were taking to avoid exposing themselves to AIDS, their sex, age, marital status, and if they had children of school age.

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Study Description


WABC-TV/New York Daily News. WABC-TV/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS POLL, SEPTEMBER 1985. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1985. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1988. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08590.v1

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Scope of Study

Time Period:  

  • 1985-09

Date of Collection:  

  • 1985-09

Universe:   The population of New York City aged 18 and over.

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

For reasons of confidentiality, respondents' phone numbers have been recoded to blanks.


Sample:   Households were selected by random digit dialing.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


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