ABC News/Washington Post Bush Iraq Speech Poll, January 2007 (ICPSR 24582)

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This special topic poll, fielded January 10, 2007, is part of a continuing series of monthly polls that solicit public opinion on various political and social issues. The focus of this poll was the Iraq war and whether respondents watched President Bush's speech on Iraq on the night of January 10, 2007. Respondents were asked whether they approved of the way President Bush was handling the situation in Iraq, whether the war with Iraq was worth fighting, and whether President Bush or Congress would do a better job handling the situation in Iraq. Opinions were solicited on Bush's proposal to send additional military forces to Iraq, whether increasing the number of military forces would make a difference in the length of the war, the ability of the Iraqi government to meet its' political and economic commitments, whether the United States is winning the war in Iraq, and whether the United States' involvement in Iraq is similar to the Vietnam war. Demographic information includes sex, age, type of residential area (e.g., urban or rural), and political party affiliation.

ABC News, and The Washington Post. ABC News/Washington Post Bush Iraq Speech Poll, January 2007. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-04-10.

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

The CASEID variable was reformatted in order to make it a unique identifier.

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.

System missing values were recoded to -1.

FIPS and ZIP variables were recoded for confidentiality.

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

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

The data collection was produced by Taylor Nelson Sofres of Horsham, PA.

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.

Persons aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in the contiguous 48 United States.

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2018-02-15 The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented. The previous citation was:
  • ABC News, and The Washington Post. ABC News/Washington Post Bush Iraq Speech Poll, January 2007. ICPSR24582-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-04-10.

2009-04-10 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:

  • Created online analysis version with question text.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

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.


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