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ABC News/Washington Post National Traffic Poll, January 2005 (ICPSR 4315)

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


This special topic poll, conducted January 26-31, 2005, was undertaken to assess public opinion about traffic. After first being asked their opinion of how President Bush was handling his term in office, respondents were queried about how often they traveled by car, traffic conditions in their area, and the availability and quality of public transportation and whether or not they used it. The survey also asked questions about respondents' commutes, opinions about traffic congestion, and possible measures to reduce congestion, such as tolls, high occupancy vehicle lanes, building new roads, better timing of traffic lights, carpools, and higher gas taxes. Respondents were also asked about air pollution from cars, how driving made them feel, how often they or others were guilty of speeding, not paying attention, being aggressive, and road rage. Other questions pertained to respondents' opinions of the greatest dangers to safety, how they passed time in traffic, and what type of vehicle they drove as well as their opinion of it. Demographic information included the number of licensed drivers and automobiles in their household, political orientation, education, age, marital status, number of children, Hispanic origin, ethnicity, income, and sex.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News/Washington Post. ABC NEWS/WASHINGTON POST NATIONAL TRAFFIC POLL, JANUARY 2005. ICPSR04315-v1. Horsham, PA: Taylor Nelson Sofres Intersearch [producer], 2005. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-05-18. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04315.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04315.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    automobile use, automobiles, Bush, George W., carpools, commuting (travel), driving habits, pollution, presidential performance, public opinion, public transportation, tax increases, traffic, traffic accidents, traffic offenses, transportation, travel

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2005-01

Date of Collection:   

  • 2005-01-26--2005-01-31

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) Additional information about sampling, interviewing, and sampling error may be found in the codebook. (2) There are some undocumented codes in the Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) variable.


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 weights that should be used for analysis.

Mode of Data Collection:    telephone interview


Original ICPSR Release:   2006-05-18



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