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ABC News/Washington Post Gays in the Military Poll, January 1993 (ICPSR 6178)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News; The Washington Post


This special topic poll focused on the issue of homosexuals in the military. Respondents were asked if gays should be allowed to serve in the military, if they felt strongly about this matter, and, if opposed to gays serving in the military, the main reason they opposed it. Those surveyed were also asked if people who joined the military should be asked if they were gay, whether they approved of President Bill Clinton's handling of the issue of gays in the military, and whether Clinton had spent too much time on the issue. Additional questions concerned Clinton's appointment of his wife Hillary as head of a task force on health care reform, and her role in the Clinton Administration. Background information on respondents includes political party, age, sex, presence of a veteran of the United States armed forces in the household, and whether any close friends or relatives were homosexual.

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Study Description


ABC News/Washington Post. ABC NEWS/WASHINGTON POST GAYS IN THE MILITARY POLL, JANUARY 1993. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1993. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1993., 2008-07-31. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06178.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06178.v1

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Scope of Study

Time Period:   

  • 1993-01-26

Date of Collection:   

  • 1993-01-26

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

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) A weight variable with two implied decimal places has been included and must be used in 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:   1994-03-10

Version History:

  • 2008-07-31 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.

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