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ABC News National Cholesterol Test Poll, April 1989 (ICPSR 9246)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News


This survey concerned respondents' knowledge and opinions about cholesterol. Respondents were asked if they had ever heard about cholesterol, if they knew how cholesterol was formed, if they knew their own cholesterol levels, if certain foods were good choices for reducing cholesterol, and if experts recommended an immediate cholesterol test or suggested waiting until the next routine visit to the doctor. In addition, respondents were asked a series of true-false questions covering topics such as recommended cholesterol levels, how to test for cholesterol, how cholesterol is produced, the effect of diet, smoking habits, and exercise on cholesterol levels and how cholesterol can be controlled. Background information includes sex, education, age, and race.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News. ABC NEWS NATIONAL CHOLESTEROL TEST POLL, APRIL 1989. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1989. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-03-15. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09246.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09246.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    cholesterol, diet, eating habits, food, food preferences, health, nutrition, public opinion

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1989-04-06--1989-04-11

Date of Collection:   

  • 1989-04-06--1989-04-11

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

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The data contain blank and alphabetic characters. A weight variable is included that must be used in any analysis.


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


Original ICPSR Release:   1990-12-04

Version History:

  • 2007-03-15 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.



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