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Washington Post Virginia Governor Poll, October 1997

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • The Washington Post
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
abortion; attitudes; candidates; crime; economic conditions; education; election campaigns; gubernatorial elections; property taxes; public opinion; state elections; state government
  • Abstract

    This special topic poll sought the views of Virginia residents on the November 1997 gubernatorial election. Respondents were asked to give their opinions of gubernatorial candidates James S. Gilmore (Republican) and Donald S. Beyer (Democrat), lieutenant governor candidates John Hager (Republican) and L.F. Payne (Democrat), attorney general candidates Mark Earley (Republican) and William Dolan (Democrat), and incumbent governor George F. Allen. Those queried were asked to assess the importance of the following issues: transportation and roads, taxes, public education, the economy, crime, family values, state spending, and abortion. Respondents were asked whether they supported two current plans to eliminate state personal property taxes on state vehicles and state tax credits. Additional topics included the positive and negative aspects of the election campaign and support for parental or spousal consent laws on abortion. Background information on respondents includes age, race, ethnicity, sex, education, political party, political orientation, religion, voter registration and participation history, marital status, family income, and age of children in household.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
  • Virginia
Collection Mode
  • (1) This collection has not been processed by ICPSR staff. ICPSR is distributing the data and documentation for this collection in essentially the same form in which they were received. When appropriate, hardcopy documentation has been converted to machine-readable form and variables have been recoded to ensure respondents' anonymity. (2) The codebook is provided as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided through the ICPSR Website on the Internet.(3) A weight variable with four implied decimal places has been included and must be used in any analysis.

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Alternative Identifiers
  • 2502 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR02502.v1

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

The Washington Post (1998): Washington Post Virginia Governor Poll, October 1997. Archival Version. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.