ABC News/Washington Post Poll, December 2005 (ICPSR 4525)

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This poll, conducted December 15-18, 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. Respondents were asked to give their opinions of President George W. Bush and his handling of the presidency and issues such as the economy, health care, and the situation in Iraq. Views were sought on the most important problem for President Bush and the United States Congress to deal with in the upcoming year, and respondents rated their level of optimism in regard to issues such as the nation's defense against natural disasters and possible terrorist attacks. Respondents were asked whether they would be more likely to vote for a Democratic or Republican candidate if the November 2006 congressional election were held today, and whether they approved of the way the members of Congress and their own representative were doing their jobs. The poll also elicited views on whether the war with Iraq was worth fighting, whether United States military forces in Iraq should be increased, decreased, or remain the same, and whether a deadline should be set for their withdrawal. Other questions asked whether progress was being made in Iraq and whether its recent elections brought the United States closer to the withdrawal of its military forces. Additional topics focused on illegal immigration, abortion, recent Supreme Court Justice nominee Samuel Alito, the use of torture on and secret detainment of suspected terrorists in the United States campaign against terrorism, and whether respondents preferred the greeting "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays." Demographic variables include age, sex, race, education level, voter registration status, household income, political party affiliation, political philosophy, religious affiliation, type of residential area, and frequency of religious service attendance.

ABC News, and The Washington Post. ABC News/Washington Post Poll, December 2005. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-12-11.

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Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research
2005-12-15 -- 2005-12-18

The data available for download are not weighted, and users will need to weight the data prior to analysis.

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

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.

System missing values were recoded to -1.

FIPS and ZIP variables were recoded for confidentiality.

Value labels for unknown/missing codes were added in the MSA, METRODIV, CSA, and CBSA variables.

The CASEID variable was created for use with online analysis.

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, and The Washington Post. ABC News/Washington Post Poll, December 2005. ICPSR04525-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-12-11.

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 non-sampling 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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