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ABC News/Washington Post Poll, February 2007 (ICPSR 24584)

Published: Jun 4, 2009 View help for published

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ABC News; The Washington Post


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This poll, fielded February 22-25, 2007, is a part of continuing series of monthly polls that solicit public opinion on various political and social issues. A national sample of 1,082 adults was surveyed, including an oversample of African Americans, for a total of 157 African Americans respondents. Respondents were asked whether they approved of George W. Bush and the way he was handling the presidency and other issues such as the economy, whether they approved of the way Congress was handling its job, what was the most important problem they would like to see President Bush and Congress deal with, and whether they trusted Bush or the Democrats in Congress to do a better job handling issues such as health care and the federal budget. Opinions were solicited on Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the 2008 presidential candidates, whom respondents would vote for if the 2008 Democratic and Republican primaries and the 2008 presidential election were being held that day, and whether they were more likely to vote for a candidate based on qualities such as religion, race, gender, or political interests. Respondents were asked how closely they were following the 2008 presidential race, what were the most important issues in their choices for Democratic and Republican candidates for president, and who they thought was most likely to win the Democratic and Republican nominations for president. Several questions asked about the war with Iraq, including whether the war with Iraq was worth fighting, whether United States military forces should remain in Iraq until civil order is restored there, whether there should be a deadline for withdrawing United States forces from Iraq, whether respondents were pleased with the way the Bush Administration was handling the war in Iraq, and whether respondents trust the Bush Administration to accurately report intelligence about possible threats from other countries. Additional questions asked about abortion, the war in Afghanistan, and Iran. Demographic information includes sex, age, race, education level, household income, religious preference, frequency of religious attendance, marital status, whether anyone in the household was a military veteran, whether anyone in the household was a member of a labor union, type of residential area (e.g., urban or rural), voter registration status, political party affiliation, political philosophy, and the presence of children under 18 in the household.

ABC News, and The Washington Post. ABC News/Washington Post Poll, February 2007. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-06-04.

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2007-02-22 -- 2007-02-25

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

The CASEID variable was created for use with online analysis.

System missing values were recoded to -1.

To preserve respondent confidentiality, codes for the variables FIPS (FIPS County) and ZIP (Zip Code) have been replaced with blank codes.

The variables PCTBLACK, PCTASIAN, PCTHISP, BLOCKCNT, MSAFLAG, CSA, CBSA, METRODIV, ZIP, and NIELSMKT, CONGDIST, and STCODE were converted from character to numeric.

The data collection was produced by Taylor Nelson Sofres of Horsham, PA. 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.

Several codes in the variable CBSA contain diacritical marks.

The variables CSA, CBSA, METRODIV, and MSA contain unknown codes.

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. African American respondents were oversampled.

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, February 2007. ICPSR24584-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-06-04.

2009-06-04 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:

  • Standardized missing values.
  • Created online analysis version with question text.
  • Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

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 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. The weight variable (RIMWEIGHT) was developed using iterative weighting, commonly known as raking or rim weighting, in which the sample was weighted sequentially to Census targets one variable at a time, continuing until the optimum distribution across variables (again, age, race, sex and education) was achieved.


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