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ABC News Saddam Hussein Capture Poll, December 2003 (ICPSR 3944)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News


This special topic poll 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. The focus of this data collection was on the situation in Iraq and the recent capture of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. Those surveyed were asked to give their approval rating of President George W. Bush and his handling of the situation in Iraq. Respondents were asked to assess the costs/benefits of the Iraq War and to comment on whether they thought it was worth fighting or not, if they had heard of the capture of Saddam Hussein, and whether they thought that his capture meant "the big challenges facing the United States in Iraq are over." Those polled were asked for their opinion on whether the capture of Saddam Hussein would help to restore peace and stability in Iraq, would help to end attacks on United States and coalition forces in Iraq, would contribute to long-term peace and stability in the Mideast, and would also contribute to the long-term security of the United States. Respondents were asked if they believed that United States forces should leave Iraq now that Saddam Hussein had been captured, or if the forces should remain in Iraq until a stable government was in place. Additional questions included whether those surveyed felt that Saddam Hussein should be put on trial by an Iraqi tribunal or a United Nations tribunal, and what punishment they preferred for him. Respondents' perceptions of the progress in Iraq was also measured. Demographic information includes political affiliation and gender.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News. ABC NEWS SADDAM HUSSEIN CAPTURE POLL, DECEMBER 2003. 2nd ICPSR version. Horsham, PA: Taylor Nelson Sofres Intersearch [producer], 2003. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2004. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03944.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03944.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    attitudes, Bush, George W., Hussein, Saddam, Iraq War, presidency, presidential performance, public approval, public opinion, social issues

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2003-12

Date of Collection:   

  • 2003-12-14

Unit of Observation:    individuals

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) Additional information about sampling, interviewing, weighting, and sampling error may be found in the codebook. (2) The data are provided as an SPSS portable file. (3) 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. (4) 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.


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.

Data Source:

telephone interviews

Restrictions: This data collection may not be used for any purpose other than statistical reporting and analysis. Use of these data to learn the identity of any person or establishment is prohibited.


Original ICPSR Release:   2004-03-18

Version History:

  • 2004-10-01 The FIPS variable has been recoded to 99999.



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