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ABC News Education Poll, February 1990 (ICPSR 9440)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News


This survey focuses on public education in the United States. Respondents were asked if they thought improvement of the educational system was the most important thing that the United States must do to meet strong economic challenges from the European nations and Japan, how they rated the quality of the public education and teachers, and if the problems of education were bigger than those of the federal budget deficit, drugs, hunger and malnutrition, the environment, and foreign economic competition. In addition, respondents were asked to rate the effectiveness of various means to improve the quality of education, if federal, state, or local government should provide the most money for public schools, if failure to improve educational system would turn the United States into a second-rate power, and if the Bush administration was doing enough to improve the educational system. Background information on respondents includes education, age, sex, income, race, and state/region of residence.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News. ABC NEWS EDUCATION POLL, FEBRUARY 1990. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1990. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-01-26. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09440.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09440.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    attitudes, Bush Administration (1989-1993), education, education expenditures, education reform, educational policy, Europe, federal budget deficit, Japan, public opinion, social problems

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1990-02-14--1990-02-15

Date of Collection:   

  • 1990-02-14--1990-02-15

Universe:    Adults aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The data contain blanks and alphabetic characters. A weight variable is included that must be used in any analysis.


Sample:    Households were selected by random digit dialing. Within household, the respondent selected was the adult living in the household who last had a birthday and who was at home at the time of the interview.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1991-05-03

Version History:

  • 2007-01-26 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.

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