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ABC News Tylenol Poisoning Poll, February 1986 (ICPSR 8575)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News


This survey was conducted after a woman in New York died from taking cyanide-poisoned Tylenol capsules. Respondents were asked if they use non-prescription capsule drugs, if they use Tylenol, if they had heard of the poisoning case, and if it will affect their use of capsule drugs. Additional questions include whether the drug company did enough to ensure the safety of the product, whether drug companies should discontinue the production of all capsules, and whether TV reports of the incident were too sensationalized. They were also asked if they thought the incident was the act of a mentally disturbed person or a terrorist, whether they thought that others might attempt the same thing, and if they were afraid that their own food and drugs might be tampered with. Age and sex were also recorded.

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Study Description


ABC News. ABC News Tylenol Poisoning Poll, February 1986. ICPSR08575-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-09-17. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08575.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08575.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    advertising, mass media, media influence, public health, public opinion, television, terrorism

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1986-02-18

Date of Collection:   

  • 1986-02-18

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:

  • 2007-09-17 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.

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