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ABC News/Washington Post Poll, December 2003 (ICPSR 3945)

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


This poll, fielded December 18, 2003, 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. Respondents were asked to give their opinions of President George W. Bush and his handling of the presidency, foreign policy, and the economy, as well as their views on the situation in Iraq, education, prescription drug benefits for the elderly, the cost, availability, and coverage of health insurance, the federal budget deficit, the United States campaign against terrorism, and Medicare. Those surveyed were asked about their voter registration status and who they would vote for if the 2004 presidential election were to take place that day. Questions sought respondent views on whether they trusted either former Vermont Governor Howard Dean or President Bush to handle national affairs, the war on terrorism, health care, Social Security, and education, and whether they would vote for a candidate who supported or opposed the war with Iraq and the recent tax cuts. A series of questions about the Iraq War focused on whether the war was worth fighting, if the war with Iraq had made the United States safer, whether President Bush had a clear plan for Iraq, and whether the Iraq War would be justified only if weapons of mass destruction were found. Those queried were also asked how the United States had changed since President Bush had been in office. Questions regarding the 2004 Democratic presidential race for the White House asked respondents who they preferred to see as the Democratic presidential candidate, what they considered was the most important issue in deciding which Democratic candidate to vote for, and how they would assess Howard Dean's personal and political qualities. Respondents were also asked how closely they followed the news on Medicare, and whether they approved or disapproved of recent changes made in the Medicare system. Demographic information includes party identification, political ideology, highest level of education completed, religion, age, labor union membership status, race, total combined income, Hispanic nationality, and Internet usage.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News, and The Washington Post. ABC News/Washington Post Poll, December 2003. ICPSR03945-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2004. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03945.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03945.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Bush, George W., Dean, Howard, Democratic Party (USA), federal budget deficit, health insurance, Iraq War, Medicare, prescription drugs, presidency, presidential candidates, presidential performance, public opinion, terrorism

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2003-12

Date of Collection:   

  • 2003-12-18--2003-12-21

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:

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

The data are provided as an SPSS portable file.

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.


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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