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ABC News/Washington Post Poll, July 1992 (ICPSR 9934)

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


This poll is part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicit respondents' opinions on the presidency and on a range of other political and social issues. Respondents were asked whether they approved of Bush's handling of the presidency, the economy, and foreign affairs, how closely they were following the 1992 presidential race, for whom they would vote if the 1992 presidential election were held that day, and whether they were leaning toward Bush, Clinton, or Perot. Other questions related to the 1992 presidential candidates included whether they were qualified, whether any of them should definitely not be voted for under any circumstances, which candidate's policies would make the respondent better off financially, whether the respondent had a good idea of where each candidate planned to lead the nation in the next four years, whether the respondent had heard or read about Clinton's economic plan and approved of it, and whether Perot's candidacy was a good thing for the country. Additionally, the survey assessed Jesse Jackson's role in the Democratic party and whether he should be on the Democratic ticket as the vice-presidential nominee, Clinton's treatment of Jackson, the political party best able to cope with the main problems the nation faces, whether the government would work better if all new people were elected, and how the respondent felt about the way the federal government works. Respondents also indicated their approval or disapproval of various proposals, including raising taxes to reduce the budget deficit, tax cuts for business to stimulate the economy, tax cuts for middle-income Americans, and a program of National Health Insurance funded by an increase in taxes. Other questions dealt with whether the Democratic and Republican parties were gaining or losing power and influence nationally, whether the current system used by the Democratic and Republican parties to select their presidential nominees was satisfactory, the respondent's support for the inclusion of various proposals in the Democratic Party platform, and what the respondent would most like to see as a result of the 1992 election with respect to the possible combinations of a Republican or Democratic president with a Republican or Democratic majority in Congress. Background information on respondents includes political alignment, voter registration status, likelihood of voting in the 1992 presidential election, most recent presidential vote choice, social class, marital status, household composition, labor union membership, employment status, household income, area of residence, age, education, religion, race, and sex.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News/Washington Post. ABC NEWS/WASHINGTON POST POLL, JULY 1992. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1992. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1993. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09934.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09934.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Bush Administration (1989-1993), Bush, George H.W., campaign issues, Clinton, Bill, economic conditions, federal budget deficit, foreign affairs, health insurance, Jackson, Jesse, Perot, Ross, political issues, political parties, presidency, presidential candidates, presidential elections, presidential performance, public approval, public opinion, social issues, taxes

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1992-07-01--1992-07-08

Date of Collection:   

  • 1992-07-01--1992-07-08

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:

A weight variable with two implied decimal places has been included and must be used with any analysis.


Sample:    Households were selected by random digit dialing. Within households, 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:   1993-04-09

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