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ABC News/Washington Post Poll, July 1990 (ICPSR 9461)

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


This data collection is part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that evaluate the Bush presidency and solicit opinions on a variety of political and social issues. Topics covered include taxes, the price of consumer goods, interest rates, and Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev. In addition, respondents were asked a detailed series of questions relating to federally insured savings and loan associations. Questions included whether respondents had any savings in one of these institutions, how much confidence they had in this country's savings and loan institutions, whether enough was being done to solve the S&L crisis, what caused the savings and loan crisis, if they thought S&L executives convicted of crimes would go to jail, who the five senators being investigated in the S&L scandal were, and if President Bush had done anything wrong in connection with the failure of his son's savings and loan. Respondents also were asked how important a number of factors were in deciding how to vote for the House of Representatives, if they supported abortion rights, if they would be more likely to vote for a political candidate who supported abortion rights, and if a pregnant teenager under age 18 should be able to get permission from a judge to obtain a legal abortion instead of notifying a parent. Background information on respondents includes political alignment, 1988 presidential vote choice, education, age, religion, social class, marital status, number of people in the household, labor union membership, employment status, race, income, sex, and state/region of residence.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News/Washington Post. ABC NEWS/WASHINGTON POST POLL, JULY 1990. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1990. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-05-07. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09461.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09461.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    abortion, Bush, George H.W., consumers, Gorbachev, Mikhail, interest rates, presidency, presidential performance, public confidence, public opinion, savings, savings and loan associations, savings and loan crisis, voter attitudes, voter preferences

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1990-07-19--1990-07-24

Date of Collection:   

  • 1990-07-19--1990-07-24

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:

  • 2007-05-07 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.

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