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Washington Post Virginia State Poll, August 2001 (ICPSR 3285) RSS

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This special topic poll, conducted August 19-23, 2001, was designed to assess respondents' views on the upcoming November 6, 2001, Virginia gubernatorial election and the state of affairs in Virginia. Virginia residents were asked to give their opinions of President George W. Bush, Virginia governor Jim Gilmore and his handling of the governorship, Republican candidate Mark Earley, Democratic candidate Mark Warner, and Virginia's Republican and Democratic parties. Respondents were asked whether they were paying attention to the campaign, whether they intended to vote in the election, and for whom they would vote given a choice among Earley, Warner, and Libertarian candidate William Redpath. Views were sought on which candidate would work to hold taxes down, look out for the interests of people like the respondent, strengthen the state's economy, say anything to get elected, and improve transportation and the roads, and which candidate was best qualified to be governor. A series of questions addressed the campaign issues and the candidates' positions on those issues, including the importance of education, eliminating the Virginia state car tax, holding down taxes, improving transportation and roads, improving public education, strengthening the state economy, addressing gun control, and addressing abortion. Respondents were asked whether they preferred a governor who would move the state in a new direction or keep things the way they were, was a successful businessman, had been endorsed by the National Rifle Association (NRA), was willing to spend his own money on the campaign, was strongly supported by conservative Christian groups, and/or had experience as an elected official. Additional topics covered whether northern Virginia residents had too much influence in state politics, whether respondents were upset that the Virginia legislature adjourned earlier in the year without passing a budget, how increased numbers of immigrants had affected their community, whether the administration of Standards of Learning (SOL) tests in Virginia schools should continue, and whether the death penalty was used fairly in Virginia. Background information on respondents includes age, gender, political party, political orientation, voter registration and participation history, employment status, marital status, education, religion, military service, children in household, average commute time, size of city of residence, household gun ownership, Hispanic origin, household income, length of Virginia residency, whether the respondent lived inside the "Beltway," and whether the respondent was employed by the "dot.com" (technology) industry.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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The Washington Post. WASHINGTON POST VIRGINIA STATE POLL, AUGUST 2001. ICPSR version. Horsham, PA: Taylor Nelson Sofres Intersearch [producer], 2001. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter- university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2001. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03285.v1

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Subject Terms:   abortion, attitudes, campaign issues, candidates, economic conditions, education, gubernatorial elections, gun control, gun regulation, political parties, public opinion, state elections, taxes

Geographic Coverage:   United States, Virginia

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  • 2001-08

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(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, documentation has been converted to Portable Document Format (PDF), data files have been converted to non-platform-specific formats, and variables have been recoded to ensure respondents' anonymity. (3) The codebook is provided by ICPSR 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 Web site.

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