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Principal Investigator(s): ABC News; The Washington Post
This poll, fielded January 2011, is a part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicits public opinion on a range of political and social issues. Respondents were asked whether they approved of the performances of President Obama and Congress on a range of topics including: the economy, health care, Afghanistan, the budget deficit, taxes, and international relations. Additional queries investigated respondents' opinions of China, the Tea Party movement, the prioritization of political issues, the Affordable Care Act, gun control, partisan cooperation, and the quality of leadership provided by the political parties. Participants were asked if race relations have improved since Barack Obama took office, and whether the current state of political discourse encouraged violence, specifically referencing the shooting of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Additional questions included political partisanship, left-right political self-placement, and voting intentions. Demographic and other background information includes age, gender, race, religious affiliation, education, and locality of residence.
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ABC News, and The Washington Post. ABC News/Washington Post Monthly Poll, January 2011. ICPSR35090-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2014-06-12. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR35090.v1
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR35090.v1
Scope of Study
Subject Terms: Afghanistan War, Boehner, John, budgets, economic policy, federal budget deficit, gun control, health care, health care reform, international relations, national economy, Obama Administration (2009- ), Obama, Barack, opinion polls, party identification, political parties, public opinion, race relations, Republican Party (USA), taxes, Tea Party movement, United States Congress
Smallest Geographic Unit: Census tract
Geographic Coverage: United States
Date of Collection:
Unit of Observation: Individual
Universe: Persons aged 18 years and over living in households with telephones in the contiguous 48 United States.
Data Types: survey data
Data Collection Notes:
For additional information on the ABC News/Washington Post Monthly Poll, please visit the Washington Post Polling Web site.
Sample: Random digit dialing
The data are not weighted. This collection includes a weight variable (WEIGHT), which was developed by ABC News using demographic information from the U.S. Census to adjust for sampling and non-sampling deviations from population values, which should be used when analyzing the data. For additional information about weighting and sampling procedures, please see the appended Methodology section of ICPSR codebook or visit the ABC News' Polling Methodology and Standards Web site.
Mode of Data Collection: computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI)
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.
- Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.
Original ICPSR Release: 2014-06-12
Browse Matching Variables
Do you or does anyone in your house own a gun, or not?
(***ROTATE ORDER OF ITEMS IN PARENTHESES***) What do you think is the best way to reduce gun violence in this country - (by passing stricter gun control laws), or (by stricter enforcement of existing laws)?
On another subject: Do you favor or oppose stricter gun control laws in this country? [IF FAVOR, ASK] Is that STRONGLY or SOMEWHAT favor? [IF OPPOSE, ASK] Is that STRONGLY or SOMEWHAT oppose?
(***ASK HALF SAMPLE Q29A; ASK OTHER HALF SAMPLE Q29B***) Would you support or oppose increasing federal funding to pay for a system in which people treated for mental illness would be reported to the federal gun registry database, in an effort to prevent them from buying guns? [GET ANSWER AND ASK] Do you feel that way STRONGLY, or only SOMEWHAT?
(***ASK HALF SAMPLE Q29A; ASK OTHER HALF SAMPLE Q29B***) Would you support or oppose increasing federal funding to pay for a system in which people treated for drug abuse would be reported to the federal gun registry database, in an effort to prevent them from buying guns? [GET ANSWER AND ASK] Do you feel that way STRONGLY, or only SOMEWHAT?
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