Catalog of Holdings

Study Report

Study Number: LA-088-002-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1991

Subject Area: Public Opinion on Political Matters, Political Participation

Bibliographic Citation: ABC News/Washington Post poll #1, October 1991.  [machine-readable data file] / ABC News  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 9755

Date Accessioned: 10/20/1994

Number of Files Received: 2

Comments: Data set received via ftp.

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Date Ordered: 10/20/1994

Documentation: Machine-readable only.

Abstract: This data collection is part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that evaluate the Bush presidency and solicit opinions on a variety of political and social issues. Topics covered include the economy, foreign affairs, the most important problem facing this country, who was most responsible for doing something about this problem, and which political party better represented the interests of poor people, rich people, and the middle class. In addition, respondents were questioned on whether they thought people in government wasted a lot of money and whether most of them were dishonest. Respondents were also asked if they had a favorable impression of certain people who might run in the presidential election, whom they would vote for if the House of Representatives election were held that day, and toward which candidate they were leaning. Other subjects addressed included whether respondents supported a federal law requiring businesses with more than 50 employees to allow workers 12 weeks of unpaid leave and a federal law giving unemployed people as much as 20 weeks of extra unemployment benefits, whether the United States should cut military spending because of the changes in the Soviet Union, and whether the Senate should have confirmed Clarence Thomas's nomination to the Supreme Court. Background information on respondents includes political alignment, 1988 presidential vote choice, education, age, religion, social class, marital status, number of people in household, labor union membership, employment status, race, income, sex, and state/region of residence.

SOURCE: telephone interviews

UNIVERSE: Adults aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia.

SAMPLE: Households were selected by random digit dialing. Within the 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.

NOTE: A weight variable is included that must be used in any analysis. Telephone exchanges have been recoded to blanks for reasons of confidentiality.

EXTENT OF COLLECTION: 1 data file + machine-readable documentation (text).

DATA TYPE: survey data

DATA FORMAT: Card Image

TIME PERIOD: October 15-October 20, 1991

DATE OF COLLECTION: October 15-October 20, 1991

EXTENT OF PROCESSING BY ICPSR: NONNUM/ BLANKS

Media/File Reports:

ICPSR Direct