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ABC News Bush National Intelligence Poll, May 2002 (ICPSR 3566)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News


This special topic poll was undertaken to assess respondents reactions to and feelings about intelligence reports regarding terrorist threats on the United States before and after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, DC. Respondents were asked to give their views of President George W. Bush, his handling of the presidency, and the United States campaign against terrorism. Those polled also expressed their level of confidence in the government's ability to prevent further terrorist attacks against Americans in the United States. Respondents' opinions were elicited on the actions the government took or could have taken to prevent the September 11 terrorist attacks, and to prevent further terrorist attacks. In addition, respondents were queried about their knowledge of past news stories regarding intelligence reports, and they also gave their opinions on the Bush administration's follow-up on those intelligence reports. Other questions focused on the Federal Bureau of Investigation's response to a proposed investigation of Arabs taking flight-school training in the United States, and the United States Congress's investigation of the Bush administration's knowledge of terrorist threats before September 11, 2001, and its handling of that knowledge. Background information includes respondents' political affiliation, education, age, race, and gender.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News. ABC News Bush National Intelligence Poll, May 2002. ICPSR03566-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2003. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03566.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03566.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Bush Administration (George W., 2001-2009), Bush, George W., counterterrorism, FBI, intelligence agencies, intelligence services, national security, presidential performance, public confidence, public opinion, September 11 attack, terrorist attacks, terrorist threat

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2002-05

Date of Collection:   

  • 2002-05-18--2002-05-19

Universe:    Population of the United States aged 18 and over and 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:   2003-03-11



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