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ABC News/Washington Post Monthly Poll, June 2010 (ICPSR 30205)

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


This poll, fielded June 3-6, 2010 is part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicit public opinion on the presidency and on a range of other political and social issues. Respondents were asked to give their opinions of President Barack Obama and his handling of the presidency, the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the federal budget deficit, immigration, and the economy. Respondents were asked their opinons about regulation of the offshore oil industry, the economy, the Tea Party movement, and Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. Respondents were asked whether they supported or opposed stricter federal regulations on greenhouse gasses and increasing federal oversight of the way the oil industry drills offshore. Opinions were collected on whether the Supreme Court nominee, Elena Kagan, should be confirmed, whether she should state her position on abortion, and whether she should indicate how she would have ruled in past cases before the court. Respondents were also asked whether they supported the Tea Party political movement, and whether the Tea Party, Democratic Party, or the Republican Party best represented their personal values, the needs of people like them, and best understood the economic problems of people in the country. Other topics included the national economy, and voter behavior in the United States House of Representatives election. Several questions addressed federal spending, the national economic situation and whether respondents thought criminal charges should be sought in the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Demographic variables include sex, age, race, political philosophy, party affiliation, education level, religious preference, household income, and whether respondents considered themselves to be a born-again Christian.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News, and The Washington Post. ABC News/Washington Post Monthly Poll, June 2010. ICPSR30205-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-10-12. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR30205.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR30205.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Afghanistan War, alternative energy, attitudes, congressional elections, corporate responsibility, Democratic Party (USA), government regulations, greenhouse gases, immigration, Kagan, Elena, national economy, nuclear power, Obama Administration (2009- ), oil spills, petroleum industry, presidency, presidential performance, public opinion, Republican Party (USA), Tea Party movement, United States Congress, voter behavior

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2010-06

Date of Collection:   

  • 2010-06-03--2010-06-06

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:

The data available for download are not weighted and users will need to weight the data prior to analysis.

The variables PCTBLACK, PCTASIAN, PCTHISP, MSAFLAG, CSA, CBSA, METRODIV, NIELSMKT, BLOCKCNT, STCODE, CONGDIST, and ZIP were converted from character variables to numeric.

To preserve respondent confidentiality, codes for the variables FIPS (FIPS County) and ZIP (ZIP Code) have been replaced with blank codes.

System-missing values were recoded to -1

The CASEID variable was created for use with online analysis.

Several codes in the variable CBSA contain diacritical marks.

Value labels for unknown codes were added in variables MSA, CSA, CBSA, and METRODIV.

The data collection was produced by Taylor Nelson Sofres of Horsham, PA. Original reports using these data may be found via 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 youngest adult living in the household who was home at the time of the interview. Please refer to the codebook documentation for more information on sampling.

Weight:    The data contain a weight variable (WEIGHT) that should be used in analyzing the data. The weights were derived using demographic information from the Census to adjust for sampling and nonsampling deviations from population values. Until 2008 ABC News used a cell-based weighting system in which respondents were classified into one of 48 or 32 cells (depending on sample size) based on their age, race, sex, and education; weights were assigned so the proportion in each cell matched the Census Bureau's most recent Current Population Survey. To achieve greater consistency and reduce the chance of large weights, ABC News in 2007 tested and evaluated iterative weighting, commonly known as raking or rim weighting, in which the sample is weighted sequentially to Census targets on variable at a time, continuing until the optimum distribution across variables (again, age, race, sex, and education) is achieved. ABC News adopted rim weighting in January 2008. Weights are capped at lows of 0.2 and highs of 6.

Mode of Data Collection:    computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI)

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Standardized missing values.
  • Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   2011-10-12

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