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Principal Investigator(s): ABC News; The Washington Post
This poll, fielded January 10, 2000, 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 of President Bill Clinton and his handling of the presidency, foreign policy, and the economy, as well as their views on the upcoming November 7, 2000, presidential election and the current presidential primary/caucus season. Respondents were asked how much attention they had paid to the 2000 presidential race and whether they intended to vote. Given a choice between Vice President Al Gore, former New Jersey senator Bill Bradley, Texas governor George W. Bush, and Arizona senator John McCain, those queried were asked for whom they would vote. Their views were sought on the most important issues of this presidential election and which candidate was best suited to handle issues such as education, the economy, taxes, Social Security/Medicare, campaign finance reform, international affairs, and health care. Respondents were asked if the following statements applied to Bradley, Bush, Gore, or McCain: typical politician, understands the average American, strong leader, experienced enough to be president, would bring needed change to Washington, DC, knowledgeable of world affairs, loyal to his political party, inspiring, and has a chance of winning the election. Respondents were asked for whom they would vote in a Democratic primary or caucus, given a choice between Gore and Bradley, and for whom they would vote in a Republican primary or caucus, given a choice among Bush, conservative commentator Pat Buchanan, publisher Steve Forbes, McCain, radio talk show host Alan Keyes, Family Research Council president Gary Bauer, and Utah senator Orrin Hatch. Additional topics covered whether respondents were pleased with the choice of candidates for the 2000 election, whether they would support a plan whereby candidates agreed to participate in twice-weekly debates and agreed not to run televised political advertisements, and whether they believed homosexuals should be allowed to serve in the military. Background information on respondents includes age, sex, education, political party, political orientation, Hispanic descent, voter registration and participation history, military service, labor union membership, and family income.
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ABC News/The Washington Post. ABC NEWS/WASHINGTON POST POLL, JANUARY 2000. ICPSR version. Horsham, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 2000. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2000. doi:10.3886/ICPSR02965.v1
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02965.v1
Scope of Study
Subject Terms: Bradley, Bill, Bush, George W., campaign finance reform, candidates, Clinton Administration (1993-2001), Clinton, Bill, economic conditions, education, foreign affairs, foreign policy, Gore, Al, health care, McCain, John, Medicare, political issues, presidency, presidential elections, presidential performance, public opinion, social issues, Social Security, taxes, voter attitudes, voting behavior
Geographic Coverage: United States
Data Collection Notes:
(1) The data are provided as an SPSS portable file. (2) This collection has not been processed by ICPSR staff. ICPSR is distributing the data and documentation for this collection in essentially the same form in which they were received. When appropriate, hardcopy documentation has been converted to machine-readable form and variables have been recoded to ensure respondents' anonymity. (3) The codebook is provided as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Website.
Original ICPSR Release: 2000-10-18
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