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ABC News/Washington Post Inflation Poll, March 1981 (ICPSR 8012)

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


This special-topic poll is part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicit public opinion on the presidency and on a range of other political and social issues. This data collection focused on inflation and attitudes toward President Ronald Reagan's economic proposals. Respondents were asked to pinpoint the possible causes of inflation. They were questioned about the Reagan administration's spending cuts and who they thought would benefit from them. Respondents were also asked to elaborate specifically on the impact of inflation on their spending habits, and if inflation prevented them from buying new cars, homes, or taking vacations. Some additional questions were asked about prize fighting. Demographic information collected on respondents includes age, race, sex, religion, number of children, and occupation.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News/The Washington Post. ABC NEWS/WASHINGTON POST INFLATION POLL, MARCH 1981. Conducted by Chilton Research Services. ICPSR ed. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [producer and distributor], 1982. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08012.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08012.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    attitudes, budget cuts, consumers, durable goods, government spending, inflation, presidency, public opinion, purchasing, Reagan Administration (1981-1989), Reagan, Ronald

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1981-03

Date of Collection:   

  • 1981-03-25--1981-03-29

Data Type(s):    survey data


Data Source:

telephone interviews

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Standardized missing values.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-05-11



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