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ABC News/Washington Post Democratic Convention Closer Poll, July 2004 (ICPSR 4118)

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


This poll, conducted July 30-August 1, 2004, is part of a continuing series of monthly polls that solicit opinions on the presidency and on other political and social issues. Shortly after the close of the 2004 Democratic National Convention, respondents were asked how closely they were following the 2004 United States presidential election, how likely they were to vote, and which candidate they were likely to vote for or favored. They were queried on their knowledge and opinions of the candidates, Republican incumbent George W. Bush and Democratic Senator John F. Kerry, and their preferences between the candidates concerning domestic and international issues, and personal qualities. Specific questions asked which candidate the respondent trusted to do a better job handling the economy, the situation in Iraq, education, the United States campaign against terrorism, health care, taxes, international relations, and improving United States intelligence agencies. Respondents were also asked which candidate they thought was more honest and trustworthy, understood the problems of people like them, was a strong leader, took a position and stuck with it, would make the country safer and more secure, shared their values, had a vision for the future, and understood complex issues. Background information includes age, education, ethnicity, geographic classification, labor union membership, political party affiliation, political party ideology, religious affiliation, voter registration status, and whether the respondent voted in the 2000 United States presidential election and for whom they voted.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News, and The Washington Post. ABC News/Washington Post Democratic Convention Closer Poll, July 2004. ICPSR04118-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2005-03-25. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04118.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04118.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Bush Administration (George W., 2001-2009), Bush, George W., Democratic National Convention, Democratic Party (USA), education, health care, international relations, Iraq War, Kerry, John, national economy, party identification, prescription drugs, presidential candidates, presidential elections, presidential performance, tax policy, terrorism, voter attitudes, voter interest, voter preferences, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2004-07

Date of Collection:   

  • 2004-07-30--2004-08-01

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.


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 weight variables that should be used for analysis.

Mode of Data Collection:    telephone interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   2005-03-25



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