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Washington Post Prince George's County Poll, August 2002 (ICPSR 3559)

Principal Investigator(s): The Washington Post


This special topic poll, conducted August 14-19, 2002, was undertaken to assess respondents' opinions on current events in Prince George's County, Maryland. Those polled were residents of Prince George's County and were asked about their political party affiliation, whether they were going to vote in the Democratic primary election, which candidate for county executive they intended to vote for, how they rated the candidates for county executive, and how interested they were in general in the county executive campaign. Respondents were also asked which candidate they supported in the general election for governor of Maryland. Additional questions asked respondents to rate the quality of the job performance of the current county executive Wayne Curry and the current county schools chief Iris Metts. Respondents were asked about how Prince George's County rated as a place to live, the quality of life in the county, what they liked most about the county, and what they liked least about the county. They were also asked to indicate whether several aspects of the county were problems, including the quality of public schools, unemployment rate, violent crime, drugs, relations between the police and community, the overall health of the local economy, low-income residents moving from the District into Prince George's County, the absence of stores specializing in exclusive, high-end merchandise, relations between the races, transportation and roads, and problems related to immigrants. There were also questions regarding the quality of public schools, whether the public schools were improving, and whether the recent dismissal of the county's elected school board was a good idea. Respondents were asked how well whites and Blacks got along in the county, how important it was to have an African-American county executive, whether whites or Blacks had too much influence in county politics, whether it would be better if the percentage of Blacks increased, and whether it would be better if the percentage of whites increased. Opinions were also elicited on the new TRIM law regarding property taxes, how safe from crime they felt, how much force county police tended to use, and whether they favored slot-machine gambling at horse racing tracks in Maryland. Background information on respondents includes education, marital status, race, income, gender, how long the respondent had lived in the county, whether they lived inside the Beltway, and whether they had children.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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The Washington Post. WASHINGTON POST PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY POLL, AUGUST 2002. ICPSR03559-v1. Horsham, PA: Taylor Nelson Sofres Intersearch [producer], 2002. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2002. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03559.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03559.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    attitudes, crime, economic conditions, government performance, local elections, local government, political affiliation, public opinion, race relations, schools, state elections, social issues, voter attitudes

Geographic Coverage:    Maryland, United States

Time Period:   

  • 2002-08

Date of Collection:   

  • 2002-08-14--2002-08-19

Universe:    Persons aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in Prince George's County, Maryland.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

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


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 at home at the time of interview.

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:   2002-12-09


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