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ABC News Reproductive Rights Poll, January 1985 (ICPSR 8559)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News


This survey explores in detail respondents' attitudes toward abortion. Respondents were asked whether abortions should be allowed no matter what the reason, if they should be legal, and if they should be legal in the first three months of pregnancy under a variety of different circumstances including endangerment of the woman's life, rape or incest, physical or mental danger to the mother, possible deformity in the baby, and the family's inability to afford a child. Other questions focused on recent bombings of abortion clinics, the effects of legalizing abortion, and the possible outcomes of banning it. Demographic characteristics also were recorded.

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Study Description


ABC News. ABC News Reproductive Rights Poll, January 1985. ICPSR08559-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-12-06. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08559.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08559.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    abortion, abortion clinics, birth control, family planning, population policy, public opinion

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1985-01

Date of Collection:   

  • 1985-01

Universe:    The population of the United States, excluding Alaska and Hawaii, aged 18 and over.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

For reasons of confidentiality, the phone numbers of respondents have been replaced with blanks.


Sample:    Households were selected by random digit dialing.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1988-10-25

Version History:

  • 2006-12-06 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.



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