ABC News/Washington Post poll, June 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 focuses on a variety of national issues with an emphasis on patriotism and United States foreign policy. Respondents were asked to rate Reagan's performance as president and to describe the state of the economy. Questions on patriotism ranged from flag ownership, participation in the rededication of the Statue of Liberty, and feelings about the Fourth of July to whether the United States strike against Libya made respondents feel more or less pride in the United States. Respondents were also questioned about the Supreme Court, whether they thought it was too liberal or too conservative, and what they thought of Rehnquist's being nominated as chief justice. Foreign policy items included whether the United States was giving too much aid to Israel and the respondents' opinions on the SALT II treaty, Soviet leader Gorbachev, aid to the Nicaraguan contras, arms control, and United States relations with South Africa. Additional questions probed for respondents' attitudes toward televising Senate sessions and tax reform measures that would reduce tax rates but eliminate many of the current tax deductions. Demographic characteristics were also recorded.
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Type of data
Extent of collection: 1 data file + machine-readable documentation (PDF).
Time and place of event
  • Date of collection: 1986-06.
  • Time period: 1986-06.
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, JUNE 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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