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Study Report

Study Number: LA-116-001-1-1-USA-ICPSR-1993

Subject Area: Public Opinion on Political Matters, Political Participation

Bibliographic Citation: ABC News "Nightline" Somalia poll, October 1993.  [machine-readable data file] / ABC News  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 6289

Date Accessioned: 9/1/1997

Number of Files Received: 5

Comments: This study is on ICPSR CD-ROM release PCD97002 (DPLS Media 7181). See the media record for detailed information on the format of this CD-ROM.

Access Status: Access restricted to U.W. Madison campus

Date Ordered: 9/1/1997

Documentation: Data file(s) are accompanied by SAS or SPSS data definition statements, which can be used to generate system files for SAS or SPSS. Study documentation (including codebook) is provided in Portable Document Format (PDF). See the DPLS Help with PDF Documents for information on this file format. See also the ICPSR Web Site for online access to the study documentation.

Abstract: For this special topic poll, respondents were asked whether they approved of President Bill Clinton's handling of the situation in Somalia and, looking back, whether they approved of former President George Bush's decision to send United States troops to Somalia. The U.S. role in Somalia was addressed in detail, with questions on whether America's vital interests were at stake in Somalia, the conditions under which the United States should withdraw from Somalia and when, whether 450 more troops and tanks should be sent to Somalia, whether the United States should continue trying to capture warlord Mohammed Aideed, and whether the United States should respond with a major military attack against Aideed's forces if American soldiers held as prisoners couldn't be freed through negotiations. The results of this poll were announced on the ABC television show ''Nightline'' the day the poll was taken. Demographic background variables include political orientation and sex.

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