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ABC News/ESPN Barry Bonds Poll, July 2006 (ICPSR 4662)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News; ESPN


This special topic poll was conducted by ABC News and ESPN and sought respondents' views on Barry Bonds and the use of steroids in Major League Baseball. Respondents were asked to give their opinions on whether the use of steroids and performance-enhancing drugs was a problem in baseball. Respondents were further asked whether they thought Barry Bonds had utilized steroids or performance-enhancing drugs and whether that would have an impact on how they felt about him potentially breaking baseball's homerun record. Questions were also solicited regarding the possibility of Barry Bonds being elected to the Hall of Fame and whether the use of steroids or a conviction of tax evasion should prevent him from being selected. 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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Study Description


ABC News/ESPN. ABC NEWS/ESPN BARRY BONDS POLL, JULY 2006. ICPSR04662-v1. Horsham, PA: Taylor Nelson Sofres Intersearch [producer], 2006. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-04-16. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04662.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04662.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    athletes, baseball, Bonds, Barry, perjury, professional sports, public opinion, steroid use, tax evasion

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2006-07

Date of Collection:   

  • 2006-07-19

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 1 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:   2008-04-16



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