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ABC News State of the Union Poll, January 1986 (ICPSR 8572)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News


This survey was conducted after President Reagan's 1986 State of the Union address. Respondents were asked to rate Reagan's performance as president, to identify the country's major problems and to describe the state of the economy. They were also asked their opinion of: the likelihood of a war involving the United States in the near future, the likelihood of a terrorist attack against the United States, whether they favor cutting spending or raising taxes (or both) to reduce the federal budget deficit, and whether they favor tax reform measures that reduce tax rates but eliminate many of the current tax deductions. Political affiliation and sex were also recorded.

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Study Description


ABC News. ABC News State of the Union Poll, January 1986. ICPSR08572-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-09-20. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08572.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08572.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    economic conditions, foreign affairs, national economy, presidential performance, public opinion, Reagan, Ronald, taxes, terrorism

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1986-01-24

Date of Collection:   

  • 1986-01-24

Universe:    The population of the United States aged 18 and over.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The data contain blanks.


Sample:    Households were selected by random digit dialing.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1988-03-16

Version History:

  • 2007-09-20 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.



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