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Washington Post Washington, DC, Poll, May 2002 (ICPSR 3554)

Principal Investigator(s): The Washington Post


This special topic poll was undertaken to solicit respondents' opinions on life in the District of Columbia in general, and in particular the quality of life, neighborhood conditions, and living preferences in DC. Respondents were asked to give their opinions of Anthony Williams, his handling of his job as mayor of the District, and his dealing with issues facing the community, as well as the way the city council was handling its job. Respondents also expressed their opinions on the importance of African Americans as a majority among the city council's members, the impact on respondents' medical care of the DC General Hospital being closed, and respondents' concerns about the possibility of more major terrorist attacks in the United States and in the Washington, DC, area. Those queried also estimated their level of confidence in the federal government's and the District government's abilities to respond effectively to a large-scale terrorist attack in the United States. A series of questions focused on the District's having a major league baseball team, and becoming a separate state like the other 50 states. Respondents also answered a set of questions regarding the gentrification of neighborhoods in Washington, DC, and its impact on the respondents' neighborhoods. Background information on respondents includes voter registration status, living situation, education, occupation, income, age, race, and gender.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


The Washington Post. Washington Post Washington, DC, Poll, May 2002. ICPSR03554-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2003. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03554.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03554.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    attitudes, city councils, government performance, living conditions, local government, local politics, mayors, neighborhoods, public officials, public opinion, quality of life, social issues, terrorist attacks, trust in government

Geographic Coverage:    District of Columbia, United States

Time Period:   

  • 2002-05

Date of Collection:   

  • 2002-05-15--2002-05-19

Universe:    Adult population of Washington, DC, aged 18 and over having telephones at home.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The data are provided as an SPSS portable file.

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

This collection has not been processed by ICPSR staff. ICPSR is distributing the data and documentation for this collection in essentially the same form in which they were received. When appropriate, documentation has been converted to Portable Document Format (PDF), data files have been converted to non-platform-specific formats, and variables have been recoded to ensure respondents' anonymity.

Produced by Taylor Nelson Sofres Intersearch, Horsham, PA, 2002


Sample:    Random-digit dialing, using a multistage, stratified sample. Within households, respondents were selected by last-birthday selection.

Data Source:

telephone interviews

Restrictions: This data collection may not be used for any purpose other than statistical reporting and analysis. Use of these data to learn the identity of any person or establishment is prohibited.


Original ICPSR Release:   2003-05-23


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