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ABC News Poll, November 1990 (ICPSR 9561)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News


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 approval ratings for public officials (George Bush, Congress, the respondent's representative in Congress, Democrats, and Republicans) on the issues of job performance, handling of the economy, and handling of the situation caused by Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, the budget deficit reduction plan (and the income group that would be most affected by it), and the income group that Bush, Democrats, and Republicans cared most about. Respondents also were asked how important various political issues were to their vote choice on election day, if they planned to vote in the upcoming general election, for which party they would vote, and whether they would vote to re-elect their own representative. Other questions focusing on the situation in the Persian Gulf addressed the issues of the use of military force if necessary to ensure Iraq's withdrawal from Kuwait, long-term military presence of the United States in the Gulf region, the use of military force should the economic embargo prove unsuccessful, the likelihood that the United States would go to war with Iraq, and Americans and other foreigners being held hostage by Iraq. Background information provided includes political alignment, registered voter status, 1988 presidential and congressional vote choices, education, age, race, income, sex, and state/region of residence.

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Study Description


ABC News. ABC NEWS POLL, NOVEMBER 1990.. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1990. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-07-03. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09561.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09561.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    approval ratings, Bush Administration (1989-1993), Bush, George H.W., United States Congress, congressional candidates, congressional voting, economic policy, Federal budget deficit, foreign policy, hostages, military interventions, military operations, national economy, party identification, political parties, presidential performance, public opinion, sanctions, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1990-11-01--1990-11-04

Date of Collection:   

  • 1990-11-01--1990-11-04

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:

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

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