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ABC News/Washington Post Poll, May 2007 (ICPSR 24588)

Published: Apr 17, 2009

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ABC News; The Washington Post


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This poll, conducted May 29-June 1, 2007, 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. A national sample of 1,205 adults was surveyed, including an oversample of 204 Black respondents. Respondents were asked whether they approved of the way George W. Bush was handling the presidency and issues such as the economy. Views were sought on whether the country was moving in the right direction, how well members of the United States Congress were doing their jobs, and whether President Bush or the Democrats in Congress could be trusted to do a better job handling important issues. Respondents were asked how closely they were following the 2008 presidential race, for whom they would vote if the presidential primary or caucus was held that day, their opinions of the presidential candidates, and the single most important issue in their choice for president. A series of questions addressed the Iraq war, including the number of United States military forces in Iraq, the effect of the war in Iraq on the campaign against terrorism, and possible outcomes if the United States were to withdraw from Iraq before civil order was restored there. Other topics addressed immigration policy and United States Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' handling of the firing of nine chief federal prosecutors. Demographic information includes sex, age, race, marital status, household income, household union membership, education level, political party affiliation, voter registration status, political philosophy, religious preference, whether respondents considered themselves to be born-again Christians, and whether respondents and their parents were born in the United States.

ABC News, and The Washington Post. ABC News/Washington Post Poll, May 2007. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-04-17.

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2007-05-29 -- 2007-06-01

System missing values were recoded to -1.

ICPSR created a unique sequential record identifier variable named CASEID for use with online analysis.

Variables FIPS, ZIP, and SMSKEY were recoded to protect respondent confidentiality.

The variables PCTBLACK, PCTASIAN, PCTHISP, BLOCKCNT, MSAFLAG, CSA, CBSA, METRODIV, ZIP, and NIELSMKT were converted from character to numeric. In order to be compatible with online analysis tools, the formats of variables RACENET, EDUBREAK, and AGEBREAK were adjusted to fit the width of the values present in these variables.

Several codes in the variable CBSA contain diacritical marks.

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

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.

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

Households were selected by random-digit dialing. This poll also included a Black oversample. Please refer to the codebook documentation for more information on sampling.

Persons aged 18 and over living in households with telephones, in the contiguous 48 United States.


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2009-04-14 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.
  • 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.


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