ABC News/Washington Post Poll, June 1994 (ICPSR 3846)

Published: Feb 8, 2008

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ABC News; The Washington Post


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This poll, conducted June 23-26, 1994, is part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicit public opinion on a range of political and social issues. Respondents were asked to give their opinions of President Bill Clinton and his handling of the presidency, the economy, foreign affairs, health care, and the welfare system. Views were sought on the most important issues facing the country, the condition of the national economy, whether President Clinton was seeking the right or wrong changes for the country, if he made more mistakes than usual for a president, whether he was a strong and decisive leader, and whether he understood the problems of people like the respondent. Respondents were polled on whether they approved or disapproved of the way President Clinton was handling the situations in North Korea, Haiti, Rwanda, and Bosnia, whether the United States' interests were at stake in these countries, and whether the United States should take action to restore democracy in Haiti and prevent North Korea from obtaining nuclear weapons. Questions involving health care asked whether President Clinton's plan was better than the current system, whether President Clinton or Congress should handle health care reform, whether the system should be fixed or changed completely and in what ways, and whether it was more important to guarantee health care for all Americans or to hold down the cost for working people. Opinions were solicited on Congress and how well it was doing its job, how much it accomplished in the past 18 months, what prevented it from accomplishing more, and whether the Democratic or Republican party could be better trusted to deal with the country's main problems. Respondents were asked whether they would likely vote for President Clinton or a Republican nominee in the 1996 presidential election, whether they would vote for a Republican or Democratic candidate in the upcoming United States House of Representatives election, whether they approved or disapproved of the way their own representative was doing his or her job, whether they would vote to re-elect him or her, whether they felt more inclined to vote for incumbents or challengers for public office, and whether they favored or opposed term limits for representatives. A series of questions addressed whether respondents considered themselves professional sports fans, whether they watched or planned to watch the world cup soccer games, and whether they thought they might ever be soccer fans. Other topics addressed whether respondents had ever heard of the religious right, whether they held favorable or unfavorable impressions of this group, whether they considered themselves a member of the religious right, whether homosexual relations should be legal or illegal, whether it was morally wrong, whether homosexuality was a choice, and whether homosexuals should have equal rights. Background variables include age, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, marital status, education, religion, religiosity, employment status, household income, social class, subjective size of community, labor union membership, political orientation, political party affiliation, whether the respondent was registered to vote, whether he or she voted in the 1992 presidential election, and if so, for whom (Democrat Bill Clinton, Republican George H.W. Bush, or Independent candidate Ross Perot).

ABC News, and The Washington Post. ABC News/Washington Post Poll, June 1994. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-02-08.

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1994-06-23 -- 1994-06-26

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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 home at the time of the interview.

Persons aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in the contiguous 48 United States.


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