ABC News/Washington Post Hurricane Follow-Up Poll, September 2005 (ICPSR 4520)

Published: Sep 19, 2006

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


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This special topic poll, conducted September 9-11, 2005, 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 focus of this poll was to ascertain the feelings and opinions of respondents surveyed about Hurricane Katrina and the federal government's response to the events leading up to and after the hurricane. This poll, surveying a different sample of respondents, is a follow-up to a post-hurricane Katrina poll (ABC NEWS/WASHINGTON POST HURRICANE KATRINA POLL, SEPTEMBER 2005 [ICPSR 4519]) conducted earlier in the same month. Respondents were queried on the federal government's overall emergency preparedness plan, as well as the government's preparedness and response efforts during Hurricane Katrina in regard to delivering food, water, and medical help, recovering and identifying those who lost their lives, dealing with the oil supply and rising gasoline prices, evacuating and resettling people who had lost their homes, and clearing and repairing the hurricane and flood damage. A series of additional questions dealt with how the government should pay for the hurricane relief effort, whether the government's lack of preparedness in New Orleans was racially or socio-economically driven, and the call by Congress for a full-scale congressional investigation of the government's Hurricane Katrina preparedness and response efforts. Respondents were also asked whether they approved of the way George W. Bush was handling the presidency, the economy, the situation in Iraq, and the United States campaign on terrorism. 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 Hurricane Follow-Up Poll, September 2005. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-09-19.

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2005-09-08 -- 2005-09-11

(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. (3) Original reports using these data may be found via the ABC News Polling Unit Web site and via the Washington Post Opinion Surveys and Polls Web site.

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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The data contain a weight variable (WEIGHT) that should be used in analyzing the data. 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 1 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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