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ABC News/Washington Post Libby Indictment Two-Nighter Poll, October 2005 (ICPSR 4523)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News; The Washington Post


This special topic poll, conducted October 28-29, 2005, 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 poll was to ascertain the feelings and opinions of respondents surveyed about the federal grand jury's indictment of Lewis "Scooter" Libby, chief of staff for Vice President Dick Cheney. Libby was indicted on charges of obstruction of justice and perjury in connection with the case in which the identity of an undercover Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agent was disclosed to news reporters. Respondents were asked if the charges against Libby represented a serious crime, or just a minor/technical one, and whether the prosecution's case was based on facts or political motivations. Given what respondents had read and heard concerning the involvement of President George W. Bush, Karl Rove (advisor to the president) and Vice President Cheney, they were queried on whether any of these men did anything wrong in connection with the case and whether their actions were considered illegal or unethical, but not illegal. Respondents were also asked if they approved of the way in which President Bush was handling his presidency and of the general ethical issues in government. Demographic variables include political party affiliation, age, gender, and the percentage of respondents that were Black, Hispanic, and Asian.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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ABC News/The Washington Post. ABC NEWS/WASHINGTON POST LIBBY INDICTMENT TWO-NIGHTER POLL, OCTOBER 2005. ICPSR04523-v1. Horsham, PA: Taylor Nelson Sofres Intersearch [producer], 2005. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-09-28. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04523.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04523.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Bush, George W., Cheney, Dick, ethics, governmental investigations, grand juries, indictments, Libby, Lewis, political corruption, presidential performance, public opinion, Rove, Karl

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2005-10

Date of Collection:   

  • 2005-10-28--2005-10-29

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:

(1) The data available for download are not weighted and users will need to weight the data prior to analysis. The data available via online data analysis have been weighted. (2) Additional information about sampling, interviewing, and sampling error may be found in the codebook. (3) Original reports using these data may be found via the ABC News Polling Unit Web site and via the Washington Post Opinion Surveys and Polls 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.

Weight:    The data contain a weight variable (WEIGHT) that should be used in analyzing the data. The data were weighted using demographic information from the Census to adjust for sampling and nonsampling deviations from population values. Respondents customarily were classified into one of 48 cells based on age, race, sex and education. Weights were assigned so the proportion in each of these 48 cells matched the actual population proportion according to the Census Bureau's most recent Current Population Survey.

Mode of Data Collection:    telephone interview


Original ICPSR Release:   2006-09-28

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