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ABC News Drug Abuse Poll, 1986 (ICPSR 8636)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News


This survey focuses on the respondents' perceptions of and experiences with drug abuse. Respondents were asked about drug abuse in their communities and at work, and whether or not they themselves have had a drug problem. They were also asked their opinions on using the military to stop drug importation, mandatory drug testing, and how serious the drug problem is. Respondents' specific experiences with many different drugs were recorded. Demographic characteristics were also included.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News. ABC News Drug Abuse Poll, 1986. ICPSR08636-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-07-03. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08636.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08636.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    drug abuse, drug law offenses, drug related crimes, drug testing, drug traffic, drug use, government regulation, smuggling

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1986-08

Date of Collection:   

  • 1986-08

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

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Included in the data is a weight variable which must be used in all analysis.


Sample:    Households were selected by random digit dialing.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1988-06-01

Version History:

  • 2007-07-03 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.



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