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ABC News/Washington Post Poll, May 1990 (ICPSR 9459)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News; The Washington Post


This data collection is part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that evaluate the Bush presidency and solicit opinions on a variety of political and social issues. Topics covered include the state of the economy, foreign affairs, the federal budget deficit, and relations with the Soviet Union. Respondents were asked if they trusted the Democrats or the Republicans to do a better job in coping with the main problems facing this country, if they thought that Bush should drop his "no new taxes" policy and consider raising taxes in order to reduce the federal budget deficit, and if they felt federal civil rights laws needed to be strengthened. Respondents also were asked a detailed series of questions regarding the Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc countries. They were asked about American and Soviet influences in world affairs, impressions of Mikhail Gorbachev and George Bush, whether they thought changes that had occurred recently in the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc countries would result in a peaceful world, and whether these changes would provide the United States with major economic opportunities. In addition, respondents were asked to identify the greatest threat to the United States from among the following: the military power of the Soviet Union, Middle Eastern terrorism, the economic strength of Japan, and South American drug traffickers. Respondents were also queried about how important it was to the United States that Gorbachev remain in power and whether they thought the United States should officially recognize Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia as independent counties. Other topics covered include cuts in military spending, cuts in nuclear arms, sending food, clothing, and consumer goods to the Soviet Union, Soviet emigration to the United States, the upcoming summit meeting between Bush and Gorbachev, voting preference if the House of Representatives election were held that day, and whether a candidate's stand on taxes would influence the respondent's vote. Background information on respondents includes political alignment, 1988 presidential vote choice, education, age, religion, social class, marital status, number of people in household, labor union membership, employment status, race, income, sex and state/region of residence.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News/Washington Post. ABC NEWS/WASHINGTON POST POLL, MAY 1990. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1990. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-05-14. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09459.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09459.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    budget cuts, Bush, George H.W., civil rights, drug traffic, defense spending, federal budget deficit, foreign affairs, Gorbachev, Mikhail, national economy, presidency, public opinion, Soviet Union, taxes, tax increases, terrorism, world politics

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1990-05-17--1990-05-21

Date of Collection:   

  • 1990-05-17--1990-05-21

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

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The data contain blanks 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:   1991-05-03

Version History:

  • 2008-05-14 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.



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