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ABC News/Washington Post Republican Convention Opener Poll, August 2004 (ICPSR 4119)

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


This poll, conducted August 26-29, 2004, is part of a continuing series of monthly polls that solicit opinions on the presidency and on other political and social issues. Respondents were asked to evaluate the performance of United States President George W. Bush with respect to the campaign against terrorism, the economy, education, health care, the situation in Iraq, taxes, and uniting the country. Respondents were asked to comment on how closely they were following the 2004 United States presidential election, whether they were likely to vote, what, in their opinion, was the key issue, and their preferences among Republican incumbent George W. Bush, Democratic nominee Senator John F. Kerry, and independent candidate Ralph Nader. Specific questions sought to gain the respondents' opinions of Senator Kerry's military service record, certain political ads attacking its legitimacy, and whether the Bush campaign was behind these ads. Additionally, there were questions soliciting respondents' opinions on whether the Bush administration had intentionally misled the country about Iraq, whether the war in Iraq had been worthwhile, and whether they believed the war would improve the long-term security of the United States. In addition, respondents were asked whether they believed it should be legal for homosexuals to marry, and whether the United States Constitution should be amended to make homosexual marriage against the law. Background information includes age, callback receptivity, education, ethnicity, gender, geographic location, income, labor union membership, marital status, military service, political ideology, political party affiliation, religious affiliation, and voting history, including whether and for whom they voted in 2000.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News, and The Washington Post. ABC News/Washington Post Republican Convention Opener Poll, August 2004. ICPSR04119-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2005. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04119.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04119.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Bush Administration (George W., 2001-2009), Bush, George W., education, gay marriage, health care, Iraq War, Kerry, John, Nader, Ralph, national economy, national security, party identification, political campaign, political philosophy, presidential candidates, presidential elections, presidential performance, public opinion, Republican National Convention, Republican Party (USA), stem-cell research, taxes, terrorism, voter preferences, voting

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2004-08

Date of Collection:   

  • 2004-08-26--2004-08-29

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 contain weights that should be used for analysis.


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


Original ICPSR Release:   2005-03-15

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