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ABC News Post-Republican Convention Poll, August 1992 (ICPSR 6018)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News


This poll is part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicit public opinion on the presidency and on a range of political, social, and economic issues. Conducted by ABC News in August of 1992, the poll focused on topics such as the effect of Ross Perot's withdrawal from the presidential race on voting preferences, evaluations of the current presidential and vice-presidential candidates, perceived responsibility for current economic conditions, and the federal government's lack of action on major problems facing the nation, the economy, and the budget deficit. Respondents were asked to rate the likelihood of their voting in the upcoming presidential election in light of their personal daily schedules and to indicate their voting preferences and strength of support for Bush, Clinton, and Perot. The poll also assessed how favorably respondents viewed the current presidential and vice-presidential candidates, and whether the respondent was satisfied that each candidate had the honesty, integrity, and ability to understand the problems of the average American and to serve effectively as president. Respondents were also asked to indicate which candidate would do the best job of dealing with family values, foreign affairs, the economy, the budget deficit, bringing needed change to government, and taxes. Bush and Clinton were also evaluated with regard to whether they had a vision for the future of the country, would get things done, and could be trusted in a crisis. Respondents were asked whether Bush or the Democrats in Congress were most responsible for the current economic conditions and the federal government's failure to act on major problems. With respect to the economy, respondents were asked whether they would be willing to contribute a percentage of their tax returns if it lowered the deficit by the same percent, whether the economy was getting better or worse, and which was more important: cutting federal taxes or spending more on domestic problems. Other items included respondents' assessments of the economic level of people Bush cared most about, and whether the United States should bomb Iraq if it believed Iraq was not in compliance with the terms of the cease-fire agreement. Demographic information includes political affiliation, political conservatism/liberalism, education, age, race, and gender.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News. ABC NEWS POST-REPUBLICAN CONVENTION POLL, AUGUST 1992. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1992. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-11-30. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06018.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06018.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    attitudes, Bush, George H.W., candidates, Clinton, Bill, economic conditions, federal budget deficit, foreign affairs, government performance, Iraq, leadership, military intervention, national economy, Perot, Ross, presidency, presidential candidates, public opinion, taxes, vice-presidential candidates, voter preferences

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1992-08-20--1992-08-21

Date of Collection:   

  • 1992-08-20--1992-08-21

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

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    Households were selected through 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:   1993-10-11

Version History:

  • 2006-11-30 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.



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