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ABC News/Washington Post Monthly Poll, October 2006 (ICPSR 22162)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News; The Washington Post


This poll, conducted October 5-8, 2006, 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 give their opinions regarding President George W. Bush's and the United States Congress' handling of the United States campaign against terrorism, of the economy, and of the war in Iraq. Respondents gave their opinions on the upcoming congressional elections, the issues that were the most important to them, and the performance of Democrats and Republicans in Congress, particularly on issues such as the economy, immigration, and health care. Respondents were further asked for their opinions on ethics in Congress, including the Mark Foley scandal. Additional questions addressed the war in Iraq, gas prices, and gun control. Demographic variables include sex, age, race, education level, household income, political party affiliation, political philosophy, voter registration status and participation history, religious preference, whether respondents considered themselves to be born-again Christians, and military service and union membership in the household.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News, and The Washington Post. ABC News/Washington Post Monthly Poll, October 2006 . ICPSR22162-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-12-09. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR22162.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR22162.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Bush, George W., congressional elections, Democratic Party (USA), federal government, Foley, Mark, gasoline prices, gun control, Hastert, Dennis, health care, immigration policy, Iraq war, national economy, political ethics, presidency, presidential performance, public opinion, Republican Party (USA), terrorism, United States Congress, United States House of Representatives, United States Senate, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2006-10

Date of Collection:   

  • 2006-10-05--2006-10-08

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:

The data available for download and via online analysis are not weighted and users will need to weight the data prior to analysis.

Additional information about sampling, interviewing, and sampling error may be found in the codebook.

Original reports using these data may be found via the ABC News Polling Unit Web site and via the Washington Post Opinion Surveys and Polls Web site.

System-missing values were recoded to -1 and FIPS and ZIP variables were recoded to protect respondent confidentiality.

The variables PCTBLACK, PCTASIAN, PCTHISP, BLOCKCNT, MSAFLAG, CSA, CBSA, CONGDIST, METRODIV, ZIP, and NIELSMKT were converted from character to numeric.

Value labels for unknown codes were added in the CSA, METRODIV, and MSA variables.

The CASEID variable was created for use with online analysis.

This data collection was produced by Taylor Nelson Sofres Intersearch, Horsham, PA.


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. The data were weighted using demographic information from the Census to adjust for sampling and nonsampling deviations from population values. Respondents customarily were classified into 1 of 48 cells based on age, race, sex and education. Weights were assigned so the proportion in each of these 48 cells matched the actual population proportion according to the Census Bureau's most recent Current Population Survey.

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 variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Standardized missing values.
  • Created online analysis version with question text.
  • Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   2008-12-09


Browse Matching Variables

Q.41 Do you or does anyone in your house own a gun, or not?
Do you or does anyone in your house own a gun, or not?
Q.40 Do you favor or oppose stricter gun control laws in this country?
Do you favor or oppose stricter gun control laws in this country? [IF FAVOR:] Is that strongly or somewhat favor? [IF OPPOSE:] Is that strongly or somewhat oppose?


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