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Washington Post Maryland Elections Poll, June 2006 (ICPSR 22166)

Published: May 29, 2008 View help for published

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This special topic poll, fielded June 19-25, 2006, 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. This poll surveyed 1,127 Maryland residents, including an oversample of Black respondents, on the upcoming primary and general elections in their state. Residents were asked whether they approved of the way President George W. Bush was handling the presidency, their level of interest in the upcoming elections in Maryland, and whether they were registered to vote. Registered voters were polled on the likelihood that they would vote in the Democratic primary and general election in Maryland, and for whom they would vote in the gubernatorial and senatorial races. Views were sought on how things were going in the state of Maryland, the city of Baltimore, and Montgomery County, and the problems facing the state of Maryland and the respondents' own community. Respondents gave their opinions of Governor Bob Ehrlich and First Lady Kendel Ehrlich, the governor's handling of his job and issues such as the protection of Chesapeake Bay, and the influence of various groups on his administration. Opinions were also elicited on Lt. Governor Michael Steele, former Governor William Donald Schaefer, Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley, Montgomery County Executive Doug Duncan, Democratic U.S. Senate candidates Ben Cardin and Kweisi Mfume, and the Democratic and Republican parties in Maryland. Additional topics addressed the war in Iraq, slot-machine gambling, gay marriage, abortion, the state legislature's decision to force Wal-Mart to spend more on employee health benefits, and the effect of immigration on the respondent's community. Information was also collected on respondents' county of residence, and which local television news station they watched. Demographic variables include sex, age, race, household income, marital status, education level, type of residential area (e.g., urban or rural), presence of children in the household, political party affiliation, political philosophy, voter registration status, religious preference, frequency of religious attendance, and whether respondents considered themselves born-again or evangelical Christians.

The Washington Post. Washington Post Maryland Elections Poll, June 2006. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-05-29.

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(1) The data available for download are not weighted and users will need to weight the data prior to analysis. (2) Original reports using these data may be found via the Washington Post Opinion Surveys and Polls Web site. (3) This poll includes an oversample of Black respondents, as identified in the OVERSAMP variable. (4) Most survey questions in this poll were asked only of registered voters, as indicated in the data collection instrument. (5) The ZIP variable was recoded for confidentiality. (6) The variables PCTBLACK, PCTASIAN, PCTHISP, MSAFLAG, STCODE, CSA, CBSA, METRODIV, NIELSMKT, and ZIP were converted from character variables to numeric. Variables EDUBREAK, AGEBREAK, and RACENET were reformatted for use with online analysis. (7) System-missing values were recoded to -1. (8) 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. Black respondents were oversampled.

Persons aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in the state of Maryland.

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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:
  • The Washington Post. WASHINGTON POST MARYLAND ELECTIONS POLL, JUNE 2006 [Computer File]. ICPSR22166-v1. Horsham, PA: Taylor Nelson Sofres Intersearch [producer], 2006. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-05-29.

2008-05-29 ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Created online analysis version with question text.

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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