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ABC News/Washington Post Poll, October 1985 (ICPSR 8592)

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


In this survey respondents were asked for their opinions on Reagan's performance as president, Mikhail Gorbachev, arms control, and "Star Wars." In regard to the Palestinian hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro, respondents were asked if they approved of the handling of the situation by the United States, Egypt, and Italy, and if the United States should take military action against terrorism in the Middle East and/or withhold aid to countries refusing to turn over terrorists. Other topics covered include the respondent's personal financial situation, social security, the Prince and Princess of Wales, drug use and testing among professional and college athletes, the respondent's health and exercise habits, and Halloween trick-or-treating and vandalism. Demographic characteristics of respondents also were recorded.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News, and The Washington Post. ABC News/Washington Post Poll, October 1985. ICPSR08592-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-04-04. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08592.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08592.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    arms control, attitudes, drug testing, drug use, foreign aid, Gorbachev, Mikhail, health behavior, hijacking, hostages, international conflict, Middle East, military intervention, personal finances, physical exercise, presidency, presidential performance, public opinion, Reagan, Ronald, Strategic Defense Initiative, terrorism

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1985-10

Date of Collection:   

  • 1985-10

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, respondents' zip codes and phone numbers have been recoded to blanks. A weight variable is included in the data and must be used in any analysis.


Sample:    Households were selected by random digit dialing.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1988-10-25

Version History:

  • 2008-04-04 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.



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