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Study Report

Study Number: LA-126-001-1-1-USA-ICPSR-1994

Subject Area: Public Opinion on Political Matters, Political Participation

Bibliographic Citation: ABC News/Washington Post poll, February 1994.  [machine-readable data file] / ABC News  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 6618

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: This poll is part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicit public opinion on the presidency and on a range of other political and social issues. Respondents were asked to identify the biggest problems facing the country and to comment on whether they thought the United States was generally going in the right direction or was on the wrong track. They were also asked whether they approved of Bill Clinton's handling of his job as president, the nation's economy, the federal budget deficit, foreign affairs, crime, the situation involving the former Yugoslavian republics of Serbia and Bosnia, and Clinton's health care plan. The health care plan was closely examined with questions on whether it was better or worse than the present system and whether the respondent supported federal price controls on medical expenses, an insurance program that would not pay for some medically unnecessary or low-success treatments, and federal laws requiring all employers to provide health insurance to full-time employees and pay some costs for part-time employees. Respondents were asked whether groups such as the American Medical Association, the health insurance industry, Republicans in Congress, Democrats in Congress, and the Clinton administration were helping or hurting efforts to improve the nation's health care system. They were also asked which political party they would trust to do a better job of handling the nation's economy, crime, foreign affairs, improving education and schools, maintaining a strong national defense, helping the middle class, holding taxes down, helping the poor, providing affordable health care, encouraging high moral standards and values, creating jobs, reducing the federal budget deficit, and making American industry competitive. Other topics covered neighborhood crime, prisons, the respondent's impression of Japan, and the arrest of an official of the Central Intelligence Agency accused of spying for the Russians. Demographic background variables include political orientation, age, race, income, and education.

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