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ABC News Angry Voter Poll, April 1992 (ICPSR 9942)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News


In addition to providing an ongoing evaluation of the Bush presidency and the 1992 presidential candidates and campaign, this survey addressed areas of potential discontent among the nation's voters. Respondents were asked to describe their feelings about the way the federal government worked, to express their approval of term limits for members of Congress and to indicate whether they agreed with a series of statements such as "It won't really make much of a difference who's elected this year," and "People like me don't have any say about what government does." Respondents also rated their level of confidence in the ability of government to solve problems and indicated whether their confidence level reflected the difficulty of the problems or the incompetency of the government. Respondents were also asked whether the elected leaders in Washington were really interested in solving the nation's biggest problems, whether the overall level of ethics and honesty in politics had fallen during the past ten years, and whether they thought that government was run by a few big interests looking out for themselves. In addition, respondents were queried on whether they thought that the current system of government needed drastic changes, or that the system itself was good but the people in government were not doing their jobs well enough. Background information on respondents includes political alignment, voter registration status, education, age, Hispanic origin, race, and sex.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News. ABC NEWS ANGRY VOTER POLL, APRIL 1992. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1992. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-04-02. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09942.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09942.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Bush, George H.W., government performance, presidential campaigns, presidential candidates, presidential performance, political ethics, public approval, public confidence, public opinion, United States Congress, voter attitudes, voters

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1992-04-08--1992-04-09

Date of Collection:   

  • 1992-04-08--1992-04-09

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:

A weight variable with three implied decimal places has been included and must be used with 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:   1993-05-13

Version History:

  • 2007-04-02 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.



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