ABC News Abortion/Cuba Poll, January 1998 (ICPSR 2506)

Published: Nov 13, 2006

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This special topic poll sought respondents' views on the presidency, abortion, and Cuba. Those queried were asked if they believed that abortion is justifiable under the following circumstances: if the woman's life is endangered, the woman's mental and/or physical health is endangered, there is evidence that the baby is mentally and/or physically impaired, the pregnancy was caused by rape or incest, the woman is unwed and does not want the baby, or if the pregnant woman is a teenager. The January 1998 papal visit to Cuba was also addressed. Respondents were asked for their opinions of President Bill Clinton, Pope John Paul II, and Cuban President Fidel Castro. Additional topics covered Clinton's handling of Cuba, the impact of the Pope's visit on Cuba, whether Cuba posed a national security threat to the United States, whether United States vital interests were at stake, whether diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba should be reestablished, and whether the trade embargo and travel restrictions on Cuba should be lifted. Background information on respondents includes age, sex, education, race, ethnicity, religion, political party, political orientation, family income, interest in visiting Cuba, and personal experience involving abortion.

ABC News. ABC News Abortion/Cuba Poll, January 1998. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-11-13.

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