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At the ABC NEWS Polling Unit, we are news reporters first; we think of public opinion as our beat – like covering the Supreme Court, the White House or the Pentagon. In many ways the process is the same: ABC News picks a topic, formulate questions, go to our best sources, ask what we need to know and report what we’ve learned. The difference is in the selection of our sources. Polling relies on the principles of inferential statistics, which state that we can draw inferences about a set (in this case, the American public) by examining a randomly assembled subset. Random selection is key: The fundamental requirement for any poll to be representative is that it be based on a valid, random sample of respondents.

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Dataset Collection



Date Ranges:


Decade and Datasets:

2020s – 2

2010s – 516

2000s – 1,332

1990s – 1,500

1980s – 624

1970s – 53


The Washington Post

Recent Acquisitions

ABC News/Washington Post Poll: 2016 Presidential Election/Clinton & Trump Matchup/Immigrants and Immigration Policy/Late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia/Social Class and Social Problems [31087035]

ABC News/Washington Post Poll: 2016 Presidential Election/Clinton and Sanders Presidential Matchups/American Values and Challenges Facing the Nation [31087034]

ABC News/Washington Post Poll: 2016 Presidential Election/2016 Presidential Matchups/Perceptions on Islam/Discrimination Toward Muslims/Terrorism [31087033]

ABC News/Washington Post Poll: Obama Approval/2016 Presidential Election/Refugees/Terrorism and U.S. Military Response/Global Warming [31087032]