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ABC News/Washington Post Souter Nomination Poll, July 1990 (ICPSR 9462)

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


This survey focuses on the nomination of David H. Souter to the United States Supreme Court. Respondents were asked if they favored the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that allowed abortion within the first three months of pregnancy, if a nominee's views on abortion should influence Senate confirmation, if they approved of Souter's nomination to the Supreme Court, and if they thought Bush should have appointed a minority or a woman to the Court. Respondents also were asked if the Senate should consider Souter's political views as well as his background and qualifications, if Bush should have ascertained Souter's political and legal views on major issues before nominating him, if the Senate Judiciary Committee should question Souter about his views on issues such as abortion, if they thought the nomination would become bogged down in politics in the Senate, and if Souter should be confirmed only if he said he would vote to overturn the Supreme Court's 1973 ruling. Background information on respondents includes political alignment, education, age, race, 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 SOUTER NOMINATION POLL, JULY 1990. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1990. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-10-10. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09462.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09462.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    abortion, Bush Administration (1989-1993), Bush, George H.W., presidency, presidential performance, public opinion, Supreme Court justices, Supreme Court nominations, Souter, David, United States Supreme Court

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1990-07-24

Date of Collection:   

  • 1990-07-24

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 blanks 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


Original ICPSR Release:   1991-05-03

Version History:

  • 2008-10-10 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.

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