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ABC News Japan Poll, March 1990 (ICPSR 9455)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News


This survey focuses on the United States' relationship with Japan. Respondents were asked if they had favorable or unfavorable impressions of the Soviet Union, China, Japan, and West Germany, if they thought the Japanese/Germans were as friendly, efficient, creative, arrogant, intelligent, or regimented as other people, if Japanese/Germans were more difficult for Americans to deal with than most other types of people, if the relationship between the United States and Japan was good, and how they rated the impact of Japanese investment on the United States. In addition, respondents were asked if drugs or the trade deficit with Japan was the bigger problem, what the causes of the trade deficit were, if Japanese trade officers were negotiating in good faith, if United States negotiators needed to take a tougher line, and how they rated the effectiveness of various means of improving the trading situation. Other topics covered include Japanese economic power and Soviet military power as threats to the United States, anti-Japanese feelings in America, whether personal or family life was affected by Japanese activities in the United States, and whether Japan was trying to dominate the world. Background information on respondents includes education, age, social class, employment status, race, sex, income, and state/region of residence.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News. ABC News Japan Poll, March 1990. ICPSR09455-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-07-30. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09455.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09455.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    drugs, international relations, international trade, military strength, power, public opinion, trade relations

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1990-03-13--1990-03-15

Date of Collection:   

  • 1990-03-13--1990-03-15

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:    Households were selected by random digit dialing. Within household, 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:   1991-05-03

Version History:

  • 2007-07-30 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.

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