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ABC News Business World Poll, February 1989 (ICPSR 9239)

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This data collection explores respondents' opinions about the savings and loan industry. Respondents were asked whether they had any savings in federally insured savings and loan institutions, whether they had withdrawn their monies within the last few months and, if so, the reason for withdrawal, and whether they planned to withdraw monies in the future. Respondents also were asked if they had heard or read about the financial crisis in the savings and loan industry, if this crisis has affected them personally or would in the future. Respondents were queried about their level of confidence in the federal insurance system's ability to compensate if savings and loan institutions go out of business, Bush's plan to raise money for the federal savings bank insurance program, and Bush's opinion that there was no danger for persons with money in savings and loan institutions. Additionally, respondents were questioned regarding President Bush's cabinet choices, specifically his nomination of John Tower as secretary of defense. Respondents were asked if Tower's nomination should be confirmed or denied based on charges made during confirmation hearings. Background information on respondents includes sex and age.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News. ABC NEWS BUSINESS WORLD POLL, FEBRUARY 1989. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1989. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-07-03. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09239.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   attitudes, bank failures, Bush, George H.W., Cabinet nominations, confirmation hearings, public confidence, public opinion, savings and loans associations, savings and loans crisis, Tower, John

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1989-02-08--1989-02-09

Date of Collection:  

  • 1989-02-08--1989-02-09

Universe:   Adults aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in the 48 contiguous United States.

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The data contain blank and alphabetic characters.


Sample:   Households were selected by random digit dialing. Within household, the respondent selected was the adult living in the household who last had a birthday and who was at home at the time of the interview.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


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

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