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ABC News/Washington Post Pre-State of the Union Address Poll, January 2006 (ICPSR 4656)

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


This pre-State of the Union speech poll, conducted January 23-26, 2006, is a special topic poll that solicited respondents' opinions regarding various issues relating to the presidency and politics. Respondents were asked their opinions regarding President Bush's handling of the United States campaign against terrorism, the federal deficit, ethics in government, prescription drugs, the economy, and immigration. Respondents were also asked their opinions of Bush as a leader and whether he could relate to them. Respondents were further asked their opinions on what priorities the President and United States Congress should give to particular issues such as the economy, global warming, health care, prescription drugs, education, lobbying reform, and federal disaster preparedness among others. Demographic variables include race, gender, age, level of education, employment status, income, political party affiliation, political philosophy, and religious affiliation.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News/The Washington Post. ABC NEWS/WASHINGTON POST PRE-STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS POLL, JANUARY 2006. ICPSR04656-v1. Horsham, PA: Taylor Nelson Sofres Intersearch [producer], 2006. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-05-01. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04656.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04656.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Bush, George W., campaign finance, education, emergency preparedness, federal government, federal deficit, government agencies, Greenspan, Alan, immigration, Iraq war, lobbying, public opinion, terrorism, United States Congress

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2006-01

Date of Collection:   

  • 2006-01-23--2006-01-26

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 1 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:   2008-05-01



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