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ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 1986 (ICPSR 8576)

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


This survey includes questions on a variety of political and social issues with an emphasis on two major topics, religion and Nicaragua. Respondents were asked whether the United States should be involved in Nicaragua, whether the situation in Nicaragua is a threat to the security of the United States, and if they approve of the action of the House of Representatives in refusing Reagan's aid request for the contras. On religion, respondents were questioned about religious upbringing and education, current participation, and religion's influence on their personal values. Respondents were also asked to rate Reagan's performance as president and to assess whether or not the Soviet Union is a threat to the United States. Additional subjects include legalization of marijuana, the civil rights movement, medical care and insurance, voting history, day care, and experience with unemployment. Demographic characteristics were also recorded.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News/Washington Post. ABC NEWS/WASHINGTON POST POLL, MARCH 1986. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1986. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-01-29. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08576.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08576.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    civil rights movement, drug legislation, foreign aid, foreign policy, health care, health insurance, marijuana, national security, Nicaragua, presidency, presidential performance, public approval, public opinion, Reagan Administration (1981-1989), Reagan, Ronald, religion, religious behavior, Soviet Union, unemployment, values, voter history

Geographic Coverage:    United States, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1986-03-20

Date of Collection:   

  • 1986-03-20

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

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The data contain blanks. Included in the data is a weight variable which must be used in all analysis.


Sample:    Households were selected by random digit dialing.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1988-06-01

Version History:

  • 2008-01-29 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.

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