ABC News 9/11 Anniversary Poll, September 2006 (ICPSR 4665)

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This special topic poll, conducted September 5-7, 2006, is a part of a continuing series of monthly polls that solicit public opinion on the presidency and on a range of political and social issues. The focus of this poll was the fifth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Respondents were asked whether they approved of the way President George W. Bush was handling the presidency and issues such as the campaign against terrorism and the situation in Iraq. Information was collected on how closely respondents were following the upcoming congressional and gubernatorial election, whether they would vote for a Democratic or Republican candidate if the election for the United States House of Representatives were being held that day, and the single most important issue in their vote for Congress members. Other questions asked which political party they trusted to do a better job handling the main problems the nation would face over the next few years, and whether they approved of the way Congress and their own representative to the United States House of Representatives were handling their jobs. Views were also sought on the war in Iraq and Donald Rumsfield's handling of his job as Secretary of Defense. Respondents were asked how well they thought the campaign against terrorism was going, whether the country was safer from terrorism compared to before September 11, 2001, and whether Osama bin Laden would have to be captured or killed for the war on terrorism to be a success. Information was collected about the impact of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on respondents' lives, how concerned they were about the possibility of more major terrorist attacks in the United States, how much confidence they had in the government's ability to prevent another major terrorist attack, whether the federal government was intruding on the privacy rights of Americans in its investigation of possible terrorist attacks, and whether this intrusion was justified. Additional topics addressed the religion of Islam, new airport security measures, and how proud they felt to be an American. Demographic variables include sex, age, race, education level, household income, voter registration and participation history, political party affiliation, political philosophy, employment status, marital status, and type of residential area (e.g., urban or rural).

ABC News. ABC News 9/11 Anniversary Poll, September 2006. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-01-24.

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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 ABC News Polling Unit Web site.
  3. System missing values were recoded to -1.

  4. FIPS and ZIP variables were recoded for confidentiality.

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

  6. According to the data collection instrument, code 3 in the variable Q909 also included respondents who answered that they had attended a technical school.

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

  8. Several codes in the variable CBSA contain diacritical marks.

  9. In Q35NET, variable and value labels were corrected to refer to the variable Q35.

  10. 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.



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. ABC News 9/11 Anniversary Poll, September 2006. ICPSR04665-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-01-24.

2008-01-24 Incorrect variable and value labels for Q35NET were corrected to refer to the variable Q35. System missing values in variables INCOME and RACENET were recoded to -1.

2008-01-04 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:

  • 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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