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Washington Post Poll, June 1988 (ICPSR 9065)

Principal Investigator(s): The Washington Post


This survey focuses on a variety of social and political issues with an emphasis on the Reagan presidency and the drug problem in the United States. Respondents were asked if they approved or disapproved of Reagan's handling of the presidency, what had been Reagan's greatest successes and failures as president, what grade the respondent would give the Reagan administration for it's handling over the past eight years of such problems as unemployment, inflation, poverty, crime, and improving the quality of public education. In addition, respondents were asked if they agreed or disagreed with a series of statements regarding Reagan's policies and performance, and what changes they perceived as a result of the Reagan presidency in areas such as military power, federal spending, and United States influence in the world. Topics covered in the series of questions relating to drugs include legalization of cocaine, the respondent's degree of concern about various problems relating to illegal drugs, if illegal drugs were a problem in the respondent's general neighborhood, high school, and workplace, mandatory drug testing, and various proposed measures to reduce the drug problem. Respondents also were asked their preference for presidential candidates George Bush or Michael Dukakis and the strength of their support. Background information on respondents includes political alignment, 1984 presidential vote choice, education, age, religion, marital status, household composition, labor union membership, race, income, and state/region of residence.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


Washington Post. WASHINGTON POST POLL, JUNE 1988. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1988. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1990. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09065.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09065.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Bush, George H.W., crime, drug legalization, drug regulation, Dukakis, Michael, education, government spending, inflation, military strength, political influence, political issues, poverty, presidency, presidential performance, public opinion, Reagan Administration (1981-1989), Reagan, Ronald, social issues, unemployment

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1988-06-15--1988-06-19

Date of Collection:   

  • 1988-06-15--1988-06-19

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:

The data contain blanks and alphabetic characters. A weight variable is included that must be used in any analysis.


Sample:    Random digit dialing.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1990-05-01

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