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ABC News Supreme Court Nomination Poll, July 1991 (ICPSR 9612)

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This survey focuses on the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court of the United States. Respondents were asked if they approved of the way the Supreme Court was doing its job, if the Supreme Court was becoming more conservative in its decisions, if they approved of Thomas's nomination to the Supreme Court, if the Senate should only consider Thomas's background and qualifications or if it should consider his political views as well, and if Thomas should be confirmed only if he indicates that he would vote to overturn/uphold the Supreme Court's 1973 ruling that allowed a woman to have a legal abortion for any reason during the first three months of pregnancy. Respondents also were questioned about White House Chief of Staff John Sununu's use of government and corporate planes while he was not on official White House business. Background information on respondents includes political alignment, education, age, race, sex, and state/region of residence.

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Study Description


ABC News. ABC NEWS SUPREME COURT NOMINATION POLL, JULY 1991. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1991. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-09-18. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09612.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   abortion, public aprroval, public opinion, Supreme Court nominations, Thomas, Clarence, United States Supreme Court

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1991-07-01

Date of Collection:  

  • 1991-07-01

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

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

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


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  • 2007-09-18 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.

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