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

Published: Jan 29, 2008

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


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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.

ABC News, and The Washington Post. ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 1986. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-01-29.

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

Households were selected by random digit dialing.

The population of the United States aged 18 and over.

telephone interviews

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


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