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ABC News Hurricane Katrina Anniversary Poll, August 2006 (ICPSR 4664)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News


This special topic poll, conducted August 14-20, 2006, is part of a continuing series of monthly polls that solicit public opinion on various political and social issues. The focus of this data collection was on the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Part 1, FEMA Counties, contains data from a sample of 501 adults living in counties in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama that were designated as Hurricane Katrina disaster areas. Part 2, Orleans Parish Including Oversamples, contains data on respondents living in Orleans Parish, Louisiana, including oversamples of 160 respondents contacted via landline telephones, and 120 respondents contacted via cell phones. Respondents were asked to rate the recovery efforts of federal, state, and local governments with respect to Hurricane Katrina, and how much trust and confidence they had in the federal government and the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) ability to respond to another disaster. Opinions were collected on whether Hurricane Katrina was the result of global climate change or just a severe weather event. Information was collected about the damage caused to respondents' residence and personal property, as well as the severity of the damage, how much of the losses were insured, and whether recovery had already occurred. Respondents were asked to rate the impact Hurricane Katrina had had on their life, whether they suffered a long-term negative impact on their finances, health, and emotional well-being, and whether any friends or family members were seriously injured or killed as as a result of the hurricane. A series of questions asked respondents to rate the job of groups involved with assisting recovery, such as the the United States Small Business Administration, state relief agencies, and insurance companies. Views were sought concerning whether respondents' trust in the government and fellow man was affected by the hurricane, how much they worried about another hurricane occurring, and how much extra stress was created by the possibility of another hurricane. Additional topics addressed whether race and poverty affected the recovery effort, and whether problems with the relief effort were an indication of racial inequality in the United States. Demographic variables include sex, age, race, education level, household income, political party affiliation, political philosophy, employment status, marital status, and type of residential area (e.g., urban or rural).

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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DS2:  Orleans Parish Including Oversamples - Download All Files (2.936 MB)
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Study Description


ABC News. ABC NEWS HURRICANE KATRINA ANNIVERSARY POLL, AUGUST 2006. ICPSR04664-v1. Horsham, PA: Taylor Nelson Sofres Intersearch [producer], 2006. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-12-18.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    anxiety, climate change, disaster relief, emotional states, Federal Emergency Management Agency, federal government, frustration, hurricanes, insurance coverage, natural disasters, personal finances, poverty, public opinion, race, racial attitudes, social issues, state government, stress, trust in government, worry

Geographic Coverage:    Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Orleans, United States

Time Period:   

  • 2006-08

Date of Collection:   

  • 2006-08-14--2006-08-20

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    Persons aged 18 and over living in households with landline telephones and cell phones in the counties designated as Hurricane Katrina disaster areas in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) This poll includes two oversamples, as identified in the SAMPTYPE variable. (2) Data on respondents in Part 1 who lived in Orleans parish also appear in Part 2 and can be matched using the RESPNO variable. (3) The data available for download are not weighted and users will need to weight the data prior to analysis. (4) Original reports using these data may be found via the ABC News Polling Unit Web site. (5) System-missing values were recoded to -1. (6) The FIPS and ZIP variables were recoded for confidentiality. (7) Several codes in the variable CBSA contain diacritical marks. (8) Value labels for unknown/missing codes were added in the variables CBSATYPE, CSA, USR, REG4, STCODE, and DMA. (9) The CASEID variable was created for use with online analysis. (10) The variables PCTBLACK, PCTASIAN, PCTHISP, CONGDIST, BLOCKCNT, MSAFLAG, CSA, CBSA, METRODIV, ZIP, and NIELSMKT were converted from character to numeric. (11) According to the data collection instrument, code 3 in the variable Q909 also included respondents who answered that they had attended a technical school.


Sample:    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.

Weight:    The weight variable (WTS) should be used in analyzing the data in Part 1 only. These 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.

Mode of Data Collection:    telephone interview

Extent of Processing:   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.


Original ICPSR Release:   2007-12-18

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