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Washington Post Metro District of Columbia Leisure Poll, July 2004 (ICPSR 4141)

Principal Investigator(s): The Washington Post


This special topic 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. The Washington Post conducted this survey to investigate the weekend leisure habits of Washington, DC, residents. General questions probed the respondents' usual level of satisfaction with the way they spent their weekends, whether they had too little or too much to do and wished they had done more or less, and whether they felt they had enough leisure time. Specifically, respondents were asked what activities they participated in, how many hours they spent watching television, how many hours they spent at their home computer, and whether they planned their activities in advance. Those surveyed were also asked about their source of information for things happening on the weekend, how often they went into Washington, DC itself, and if not very often, why. The survey also queried whether respondents had avoided attending any events after September 11, 2001, due to concerns over terrorist attacks. In addition, the survey contained questions about which candidate in the upcoming presidential election respondents were most likely to vote for. Background information on respondents includes political alignment, education, marital status, number of children living at home, employment status, race, household income, and gender.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


The Washington Post. WASHINGTON POST METRO DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA LEISURE POLL, JULY 2004. ICPSR04141-v1. Horsham, PA: Taylor Nelson Sofres Intersearch [producer], 2004. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-05-19. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04141.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04141.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    attitudes, Bush, George W., Kerry, John, leisure, lifestyle, Nader, Ralph, presidential elections, public opinion, recreation, television, terrorism, terrorist attacks, time utilization, travel, voter attitudes

Geographic Coverage:    District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, United States

Time Period:   

  • 2004-07

Date of Collection:   

  • 2004-06-28--2004-07-01

Unit of Observation:    individuals

Universe:    Persons aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.

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 home at the time of the interview.

Weight:    The data contain weights that should be used for analysis.

Mode of Data Collection:    telephone interview


Original ICPSR Release:   2006-05-19



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