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ABC News Terri Schiavo Poll, March 2005 (ICPSR 4320)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News


This poll was conducted in response to the controversy regarding the cessation of life support for Florida resident Terri Schiavo. Respondents were asked whether or not they had been following the case and if they supported or opposed the decision to remove the feeding tube. They were also asked if federal courts should be involved in this case, if Congress should get involved in similar cases, and whether politicians were more concerned for Schiavo or for gaining political advantage. The survey also contained questions about whether respondents would want to be kept alive if in a similar situation, if the case caused them to have discussions with friends and family regarding their wishes, and if any friends or family had passed away after terminating life support. Other information collected included political party affiliation, political philosophy, religious affiliation, and gender.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News. ABC NEWS TERRI SCHIAVO POLL, MARCH 2005. ICPSR04320-v1. Horsham, PA: Taylor Nelson Sofres Intersearch [producer], 2005. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-06-09. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04320.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04320.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    federal courts, law, life support systems, political affiliation, political parties, political philosophy, politicians, religious affiliation, Schiavo, Terri, state courts, United States Congress

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2005-03-20

Date of Collection:   

  • 2005-03-20

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:

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


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 weights that should be used for analysis.

Mode of Data Collection:    telephone interview


Original ICPSR Release:   2006-06-09



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