Washington Post Poll, February 2002 (ICPSR 3434)

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This poll 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. This poll was undertaken to assess respondents' views on current events since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Respondents were asked whether they felt things were going in the right direction in the United States or if they have gotten seriously off track, and whether President George W. Bush and the Democratic leaders of Congress were making progress on solving the nation's problems. They were questioned about whether they approved of the manner in which Congress, as a whole, and their own representative, in particular, were doing their respective jobs. Respondents were then asked to describe the state of the nation's economy and identify who or what deserved the credit/blame for this: President Bush, Republicans in Congress, Democrats in Congress, normal changes in the business cycle, the events of September 11th or former president Bill Clinton. In addition, respondents' political knowledge was tested based on whether they were aware that Donald Rumsfeld was the current Secretary of Defense, and that an education reform bill had been passed by congress and signed into law this year by President Bush. Respondents were also questioned on how closely they were attuned to the following events: the war in Afghanistan, possible new terrorist attacks on the United States, the collapse of the Texas-based energy company Enron, the 2002 winter Olympics, upcoming congressional elections, and debates on campaign finance reform and an economic stimulus package. Also, on the matter of Enron, respondents were asked who they felt bore more responsibility for the current situation, Democrats or Republicans. Regarding September 11th, respondents were asked how this affected their interest in political news, and what importance they now placed on partisan politics. Respondents were also queried about their stance on possible United States military action against Iraq to remove Saddam Hussein from power. Background information on respondents includes age, gender, political party, education, religion, voter participation history, area of residence, labor union membership, race, and household income.

The Washington Post. Washington Post Poll, February 2002. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2002-06-27. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03434.v1

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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.

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:
  • The Washington Post. Washington Post Poll, February 2002. ICPSR03434-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2002. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03434.v1

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