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ABC News/Washington Post Supreme Court Poll, July 2005 (ICPSR 4332)

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


This special topic poll was undertaken to assess respondents' views concerning John G. Roberts, the United States Court of Appeals judge nominated to the United States Supreme Court by President George W. Bush. Respondents were queried as to whether they thought the United States Senate should confirm Roberts' nomination, and whether a senator who believed Roberts was qualified, but disagreed with his judicial philosophy, should vote against the nomination. They were also asked whether Democrats or Republicans in the Senate would be too aggressive or not aggressive enough during the confirmation hearing, and if, during the confirmation hearing, Roberts should answer questions about how he would have ruled on past cases that have come before the Supreme Court. Respondents were also asked if the Roe v. Wade case came before the court again, would they want Roberts to vote to uphold or to overturn the ruling. Respondents were queried as to whether they felt disappointment that President Bush did not nominate another woman to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, if the Supreme Court tended to be too conservative, too liberal, or balanced in its decisions, and on what criteria the United States Supreme Court should base its rulings. 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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ABC News/The Washington Post. ABC NEWS/WASHINGTON POST SUPREME COURT POLL, JULY 2005. ICPSR04332-v1. Horsham, PA: Taylor Nelson Sofres Intersearch [producer], 2005. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-09-08. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04332.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04332.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    abortion, confirmation hearings, judge selection, Roberts, John G., Supreme Court justices, Supreme Court nominations, United States Supreme Court

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2005-07

Date of Collection:   

  • 2005-07-21

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 one 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:   2006-09-08

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