Washington Post Nutrition and Health Poll, December 1989 (ICPSR 9359)

Principal Investigator(s): The Washington Post


This survey focused on issues of nutrition and health. Respondents were asked whether they watched their diets to reduce their intake of salt, fat, sugar, and cholesterol. They also were asked a series of specific questions relating to cholesterol. In addition, respondents were questioned regarding the state of medical care in the country, their own health status, how often they exercised, and how they evaluated health care facilities, doctors, and medical personnel. Other topics covered include memory of people and events in the 1980s, such as Walter Mondale's running mate in 1984, the Iran-contra scandal, Gary Hart, professional sports figures, and the names of individuals or organizations that won the Nobel Peace Prize in the period. Background information on respondents includes political alignment, 1988 presidential vote choice, education, age, religion, social class, marital status, household composition, labor union membership, employment status, race, sex, income, and state/region of residence.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


Washington Post. WASHINGTON POST NUTRITION AND HEALTH POLL, DECEMBER 1989. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1989. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1991. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09359.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09359.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    attitudes, diet, eating habits, exercise, health, health behavior, health care services, health status, nutrition, physical fitness, public opinion

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1989-11-30--1989-12-04

Date of Collection:   

  • 1989-11-30--1989-12-04

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


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