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ABC News Reagan Press Conference Poll, March 1987 (ICPSR 8855)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News


This survey was conducted following Reagan's broadcast press conference of March 19, 1987. Respondents' opinions were sought on Reagan's performance as president, the granting of military aid to the Nicaraguan contras, the planned public investigations of the Iran arms affair by Congress, and the decision to grant Lieutenant Colonel North and John Poindexter limited immunity, thus forcing them to talk to the Congressional investigating committees. Respondents also were asked to evaluate Reagan's role in the Iran arms affair and whether they had seen the press conference. Additional questions for those who had seen the press conference included whether Reagan had sincerely tried to answer the questions put to him, if Reagan's performance left the respondent feeling more or less confident about his ability to lead the nation, and whether the Iran arms sales were direct arms for hostages trades. Demographic characteristics of respondents also are included.

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Study Description


ABC News. ABC NEWS REAGAN PRESS CONFERENCE POLL, MARCH 1987. ICPSR08855-v1. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1987. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-11-14. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08855.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08855.v1

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Scope of Study

Time Period:   

  • 1987-03

Date of Collection:   

  • 1987-03-19

Universe:    The population of the United States, excluding Alaska and Hawaii, aged 18 and over.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    Households were selected by random digit dialing.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1989-01-10

Version History:

  • 2006-11-14 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.



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