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ABC News/Washington Post Weapons of Mass Destruction Poll, February 2004 (ICPSR 4034)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News; The Washington Post


This special topic poll, fielded February 10-11, 2004, was undertaken to assess public opinion on the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Views were sought on President George W. Bush and his handling of the presidency and issues such as the economy, education, foreign affairs, and health insurance. Respondents were asked whether the war with Iraq was worth fighting, whether it contributed to the long-term security of the United States, whether the war was still justifiable if weapons of mass destruction were not found in Iraq, and whether the Bush administration intentionally exaggerated or lied about its evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq prior to the war. Those polled gave their opinions on whether weapons of mass destruction ever existed in Iraq, and whether the accuracy of the CIA's intelligence about Iraq or the way the Bush administration used this intelligence was a more important issue. Other topics addressed how closely respondents were following the 2004 presidential campaign, whether they would vote for President George W. Bush or Democratic candidate John Kerry, the strength of their support for this candidate, and which candidate would do a better job handling issues such as the economy, the situation with Iraq, the campaign against terrorism, education, and health insurance. Respondents were also asked whether questions about Bush's service in the National Guard during the Vietnam War and Kerry's fundraising while a United States senator were legitimate issues in the presidential election. Background variables include sex, age, education, ethnicity, political orientation, political party affiliation, and whether the respondent was registered to vote.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News, and The Washington Post. ABC News/Washington Post Weapons of Mass Destruction Poll, February 2004. ICPSR04034-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2004. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04034.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04034.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Bush Administration (George W., 2001-2009), Bush, George W., campaign issues, CIA, education, health insurance, intelligence services, Iraq War, Kerry, John, national economy, presidency, presidential candidates, presidential elections, presidential performance, public opinion, terrorism, voting behavior, weapons

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2004-02

Date of Collection:   

  • 2004-02-10--2004-02-11

Unit of Observation:    individuals

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

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

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

The data are provided as an SPSS portable file.

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.


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 home at the time of the 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:   2004-07-30



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