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CBS News/New York Times Abortion Poll, July 1989 (ICPSR 9488)

Principal Investigator(s): CBS News; The New York Times


In this nationwide survey on abortion issues, respondents were asked whether there were more advantages to being a man or woman in our society, whether abortion should be legal or illegal, whether they approved of the recent Supreme Court decision regarding abortion, and if they knew the effects of this decision. Respondents were asked under what circumstances they thought abortion should be legal (e.g., possibility of birth defects, rape, unmarried motherhood, health risk to the woman, age of the female, and whether the pregnancy would force a teenager to quit high school or a professional women to interrupt her career), and whether they favored or opposed possible restrictions on abortion such as requiring parental consent and prohibiting public employees or hospitals from performing abortions. In addition, respondents' opinions were sought concerning government regulation of abortion, the reasonableness/extremism of pro- and anti-abortionists, whether abortion was murder, and the importance of the women's movement in the United States. Background information on respondents includes marital status, parental status, political party affiliation, age, income, sex, religious preference, education, and race.

Series: CBS News/New York Times Poll Series

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Study Description


CBS News, and The New York Times. CBS News/New York Times Abortion Poll, July 1989. ICPSR09488-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-08-14. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09488.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09488.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    abortion, pro choice movement, pro life movement, public opinion, teenage pregnancies, unwanted pregnancies, womens rights

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1989-07-25--1989-07-28

Date of Collection:   

  • 1989-07-25--1989-07-28

Universe:    Adults aged 18 and over in the United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

This file contains a weight variable that must be used in any analysis. The data contain blanks. Telephone exchanges have been recoded to '999' and the names of respondents have been blanked for reasons of confidentiality.


Sample:    Stratified random digit dialing.

Data Source:

telephone interviews

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.


Original ICPSR Release:   1991-05-03

Version History:

  • 2009-08-14 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.

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