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ABC News AIDS Poll, January 1996 (ICPSR 6833)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News


This special topic poll sought respondents' views on AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) as the greatest health problem facing the nation. Those queried were asked to describe their level of comfort engaging in casual contact with people with AIDS and working with others with AIDS and to comment on whether they approved of students with AIDS attending school. The return to professional basketball by Los Angeles Laker Magic Johnson after his 1991 retirement was addressed. Respondents were asked if they believed his presence on the court would put his teammates and/or opposing players at risk of HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) infection. Background variables include sex and personal knowledge of others with AIDS.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News. ABC NEWS AIDS POLL, JANUARY 1996. ICPSR version. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1996. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1998. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06833.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06833.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    AIDS, beliefs, health problems, HIV, Johnson, Magic, public opinion, social attitudes, social distance, tolerance

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1996-01

Date of Collection:   

  • 1996-01

Universe:    Adults 18 years old and older in the United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) This collection has not been processed by ICPSR staff. ICPSR is distributing the data and documentation for this collection in essentially the same form in which they were received. When appropriate, hardcopy documentation has been converted to machine-readable form and variables have been recoded to ensure respondents' anonymity. (2) The codebook is provided as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site. (3) A weight variable with two implied decimal places has been included and must be used in 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:   1998-05-20


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