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ABC News Chernobyl/Kiev Accident Poll, April 1986 (ICPSR 8581)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News


This survey was conducted after the accident at the nuclear power plant at Chernobyl in the Soviet Union. Respondents were asked their opinions about nuclear power, including whether they favor or oppose more nuclear power plants in the United States, whether they would favor or oppose phasing out currently operating plants, and if they consider nuclear plants in the United States to be safer than those in the Soviet Union. They were asked if the Chernobyl accident has made them more or less fearful of nuclear power and if they are worried about harmful effects of radiation from Chernobyl.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News. ABC NEWS CHERNOBYL/KIEV ACCIDENT POLL, APRIL 1986. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1986. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-09-14. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08581.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08581.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    attitudes, Chernobyl accident, nuclear accidents, nuclear reactors, nuclear reactor safety, public opinion, Soviet Union

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1986-04-30

Date of Collection:   

  • 1986-04-30

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

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The data contain blanks.


Sample:    Households were selected by random digit dialing.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1988-03-16

Version History:

  • 2007-09-14 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.

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