ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 2005 (ICPSR 4319)

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This poll, conducted March 10-13, 2005, is part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicit public opinion on the current presidency and on a range of other political and social issues. Views were sought on identity theft, personal privacy protection, the United States' campaign against terrorism, the war with Iraq, the economy, Social Security, increasing the Social Security tax rate, and health care. Moreover, respondents were queried on whether they felt that the Bush administration misled the American public when making a case for waging war in Iraq, whether the war in Iraq was a mistake, whether the presence of United States military forces in Iraq should be withdrawn, increased, or decreased, whether the Iraqi people supported or opposed the goals set forth by the United States in their country, and whether the recent Iraqi election could produce a stable government. Respondents were also asked about weapons of mass destruction as they related to Iran, North Korea, and Syria. Demographic variables include race, gender, age, level of education, employment status, income, political party affiliation, political philosophy, and religious affiliation.

ABC News, and The Washington Post. ABC News/Washington Post Poll, March 2005. Ann Arbor, MI: [distributor], 2006-07-20.

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(1) The data available for download are not weighted and users will need to weight the data prior to analysis. The data available via online data analysis have been weighted. (2) Additional information about sampling, interviewing, and sampling error may be found in the codebook.

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/The Washington Post. ABC NEWS/WASHINGTON POST POLL, MARCH 2005. ICPSR04319-v1. Horsham, PA: Taylor Nelson Sofres Intersearch [producer], 2005. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-07-20.

The data contain a weight variable that should be used for analysis. 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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