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ABC News "Good Morning America" Health Care Poll, July 1994 (ICPSR 3850)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News


This special topic poll, fielded July 14-17, 1994, was undertaken to assess respondents' views of health care in the United States and proposed changes to the health care system. Respondents were asked to name the most important issue facing President Bill Clinton and the United States Congress, to give an assessment of President Clinton's proposed health care plan, to rate their level of knowledge of the proposed plan, whether they felt they would pay more, less, or the same costs under the proposed plan, and whether the quality of health care would improve, worsen, or stay the same under the proposed plan. Opinions were gathered on the state of the health care system, the most important goal for the health care system, whether it was more important to lower health care costs or to have guaranteed health care available to all, and whether basic insurance should cover abortion. Respondents were queried on whether they had health care coverage, whether they were on Medicare, their level of satisfaction with the quality, costs, and system of health care, whether they worried that their health care costs would not be taken care of in the future, whether they approved or disapproved of proposed health care changes, and whether individuals and groups like the American Medical Association, Hillary Clinton, hospitals, and political parties helped or hurt efforts to improve the health care system. Background variables include sex, year of birth, education, ethnicity, political orientation, employment status, and gross household income.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News. ABC NEWS "GOOD MORNING AMERICA" HEALTH CARE POLL, JULY 1994. ICPSR version. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1994. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-12-01. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03850.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03850.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    abortion, Clinton, Bill, Clinton, Hillary, health care, health care costs, health care reform, health insurance, insurance coverage, political parties, public opinion, United States Congress

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1994-07

Date of Collection:   

  • 1994-07-14--1994-07-17

Unit of Observation:    individuals

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

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) Additional information about sampling, interviewing, weighting, and sampling error may be found in the codebook. (2) This collection has not been processed by ICPSR staff. ICPSR is distributing the data and documentation for this collection in essentially the same form in which they were received. When appropriate, documentation has been converted to Portable Document Format (PDF), data files have been converted to non-platform-specific formats, and variables have been recoded to ensure respondents' anonymity. (3) The codebook is provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.


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 home at the time of the interview.

Data Source:

telephone interviews

Restrictions: This data collection may not be used for any purpose other than statistical reporting and analysis. Use of these data to learn the identity of any person or establishment is prohibited.


Original ICPSR Release:   2004-04-21

Version History:

  • 2006-12-01 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.



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