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Washington Post 1996 Politics Poll, Wave 2, November 1996 (ICPSR 2167)

Principal Investigator(s): The Washington Post


This special topic poll, conducted November 6-10, 1996, is part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicit public opinion on the presidency and on a range of political and social issues. The focus of this data collection was on the presidential and congressional elections held November 5, 1996. In the days following the election, respondents who had voted were asked about their choice for president, when they decided on their candidate, whether they had known enough about the candidates to make an informed choice, and whether factors such as leadership and a candidate's stance on issues were major or minor reasons for their vote. Respondents were quizzed on their knowledge of the presidential and vice-presidential candidates, as well as party platforms, campaign funding, and which party had the most members in the United States Congress. Views were sought on the media's treatment of the presidential candidates, campaign advertisements featuring the issue of Medicare, whether the presidential campaigns were more negative than in the past, and whether the news media should report public opinion poll results. Other topics addressed the condition of the national economy, abortion, sources of campaign information, types of negative news media coverage, and how much attention respondents paid to media coverage of the presidential campaign. Demographic variables include sex, age, race, ethnicity, education level, marital status, household income, political party affiliation, political philosophy, labor union membership, voter registration status, religious preference, and whether respondents thought of themselves as born-again or evangelical Christians.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


The Washington Post. WASHINGTON POST 1996 POLITICS POLL, WAVE 2, NOVEMBER 1996. ICPSR02167-v2. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1996. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-10-08. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02167.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02167.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    abortion, attitudes, balanced budget, Clinton, Bill, campaign funds, congressional elections, defense spending, Democratic Party (USA), Dole, Bob, family leave, federal budget, media coverage, Medicare, national elections, political campaigns, political conventions, political parties, presidential candidates, presidential elections, public opinion, Republican Party (USA), school prayer, social issues, voters, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1996-11

Date of Collection:   

  • 1996-11-06--1996-11-10

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    Persons aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in the contiguous 48 United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) The data available for download are not weighted and users will need to weight the data prior to analysis. (2) Original reports using these data may be found via the Washington Post Opinion Surveys and Polls Web site. (3) The meaning of the variable SELECTB is unknown and may be associated with the sampling method of selecting a respondent based on the adult living in the household who last had a birthday. (4) According to the data collection instrument, code 3 in the variable EDUC includes respondents who answered that they had attended a technical school. (5) A value label for an unknown code was added in the AGE variable. (6) The CASEID variable was created for use with online analysis.


Sample:    Households were selected by random-digit dialing. Within households, the respondent selected was the adult living in the household who last had a birthday and who was home at the time of the interview.

Weight:    The data contain a weight variable (WEIGHT) that should be used in analyzing the data. This poll consists of "standard" national representative samples of the adult population with sample balancing of sex, race, age, and education.

Mode of Data Collection:    telephone interview

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Created online analysis version with question text.


Original ICPSR Release:   1998-07-28

Version History:

  • 2007-10-08 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files, and SAS and Stata supplemental files have been added to this data collection. Respondent names were removed from the data file and a value label for an unknown code was added in the AGE variable. The CASEID variable was created for use with online analysis. Question text has been added to the codebook, and the data collection instrument has been taken out of the codebook and made into its own file.



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