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ABC News/Washington Post Poll, April 1986 (ICPSR 8580)

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


This survey covers a variety of political and social issues. Respondents were asked to rate Reagan's performance as president, to comment on United States policy and actions in the Middle East including the air strike against Libya, to evaluate the state of the nation's economy, and to assess the reliability of our allies. They were also questioned about the effect of falling oil prices on the nation's economy and about their own personal financial situations. Other topics included legalization of marijuana, successes of the civil rights movement, which political party the respondent supports, and the likelihood that the respondent will vote in the next election. Demographic characteristics were also recorded.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News/Washington Post. ABC NEWS/WASHINGTON POST POLL, APRIL 1986. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1986. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-07-09. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08580.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08580.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    civil rights movement, drug legalization, economic conditions, financial assets, foreign policy, international alliances, Middle East, oil prices, political affiliation, presidency, presidential performace, public opinion, Reagan Administration (1981-1989), Reagan, Ronald, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1986-04-24

Date of Collection:   

  • 1986-04-24

Universe:    The population of the United States aged 18 and over.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The data contain blanks. Included in the data is a weight variable which must be used in all analysis.


Sample:    Households were selected by random digit dialing.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1988-06-01

Version History:

  • 2007-07-09 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.



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