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ABC News Nukes Poll, August 2005 (ICPSR 4516)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News


This special topic poll, undertaken August 18-21, 2005, queried respondents on their opinions about the possibilities of a terrorist attack. Respondents were asked if they felt the country was safer today than before September 11, 2001, if the United States was doing all it could to prevent another terrorist attack, how concerned they were about the possibility of another attack and if they might personally become a victim. The survey sought information on how prepared respondents felt for an attack, if they had emergency supplies on hand, and if they had an emergency plan in place. Respondents were also asked how they felt people would react to various types of attacks, how they would react to a nuclear bomb, if they felt nuclear and radiological materials were being protected, and how prepared they thought the government, law enforcement, and hospitals were for an attack. The survey also contained questions regarding respondents' driving habits, what type of vehicle they drove, their opinions of gas prices, whether or not their driving habits were being affected by the gas prices, and their opinions on the impact of gas prices on the national economy. Demographic information included party affiliation, political ideology, education, age, number of children under 18, type of residential area, race, income, and sex.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News. ABC News Nukes Poll, August 2005. ICPSR04516-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-11-13. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04516.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04516.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    driving habits, emergency preparedness, federal government, gasoline prices, hijacking, hospitals, local government, national economy, national security, nuclear weapons, police, radioactive materials, suicide bombings, terrorism, terrorist attacks, terrorist threat

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2005-08

Date of Collection:   

  • 2005-08-18--2005-08-21

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:

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

System missing values were recoded to -1.

FIPS and ZIP variables were recoded for confidentiality.

Value labels for unknown/missing codes were added in the CBSA variable.

The CASEID variable was created for use with online analysis.

The WEIGHT variable was renamed for consistency across polls.


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:   2006-11-13



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