ABC News/Washington Post poll, March 1986 [electronic resource].

Data file
Ann Arbor, Mich. : Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008.
Extent of collection: 1 data file + machine-readable documentation (PDF).


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Summary note
This survey includes questions on a variety of political and social issues with an emphasis on two major topics, religion and Nicaragua. Respondents were asked whether the United States should be involved in Nicaragua, whether the situation in Nicaragua is a threat to the security of the United States, and if they approve of the action of the House of Representatives in refusing Reagan's aid request for the contras. On religion, respondents were questioned about religious upbringing and education, current participation, and religion's influence on their personal values. Respondents were also asked to rate Reagan's performance as president and to assess whether or not the Soviet Union is a threat to the United States. Additional subjects include legalization of marijuana, the civil rights movement, medical care and insurance, voting history, day care, and experience with unemployment. Demographic characteristics were also recorded.
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  • Title from title screen (viewed on September 28, 2009).
Type of data
Extent of collection: 1 data file + machine-readable documentation (PDF).
Time and place of event
  • Date of collection: 1986-03-20.
  • Time period: 1986-03-20.
Geographic coverage
Geographic coverage: United States.
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Methodology note
  • Data source: telephone interviews.
  • Sample: households were selected by random digit dialing.
  • Universe: the population of the United States aged 18 and over.
Cite as
ABC News/Washington Post. ABC NEWS/WASHINGTON POST POLL, MARCH 1986 [Computer file]. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1986. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-01-29.
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