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ABC News/Washington Post Poll #1, February 2000

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • ABC News
  • The Washington Post
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
abortion; Bradley, Bill; Buchanan, Pat; Bush, George W.; campaign finance reform; candidates; education; Forbes, Steve; foreign policy; Gore, Al; Keyes, Alan; McCain, John; Medicare; morality; political issues; presidency; presidential elections; presidential performance; public opinion; social issues; Social Security; taxes; voter attitudes; voting behavior
  • Abstract

    This poll, fielded February 1, 2000, 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. Respondents were asked whether they intended to vote in the November 7, 2000, presidential election and for whom they would vote if the election were held that day, given a choice between Democratic candidates Vice President Al Gore and former New Jersey senator Bill Bradley, Republican candidates Texas governor George W. Bush and Arizona senator John McCain, and the Reform Party candidate, conservative commentator Pat Buchanan. Views were sought on which of the candidates could be described as understanding the problems of people such as the respondent, a strong leader, possessing the experience to be president, capable of bringing needed change to Washington, DC, inspiring, most knowledgeable on world affairs, making the best commander-in-chief, and which candidate worried them. Respondents were asked for whom they would vote in a Republican primary or caucus given a choice between Bush, McCain, radio talk show host Alan Keyes, and publisher Steve Forbes, and for whom they would vote in a Democratic primary or caucus given a choice between Gore and Bradley. A final question sought respondents' views on which of the following issues was most important in deciding for whom to vote in a presidential primary: world affairs, campaign finance reform, abortion, Social Security/Medicare, moral values, taxes, or education. Background information on respondents includes age, gender, political orientation, voter registration status, education, Hispanic origin, labor union membership, military status, and household income.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 2000-02-01
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Collection Mode
  • (1) The data are provided as an SPSS portable file. (2) 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, documentation has been converted to Portable Document Format (PDF), data files have been converted to non-platform-specific formats, and variables have been recoded to ensure respondents' anonymity. (3) The codebook is provided by ICPSR 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 on the ICPSR Web site.

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Alternative Identifiers
  • 2966 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR02966.v1

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

ABC News; The Washington Post (2000): ABC News/Washington Post Poll #1, February 2000. Archival Version. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.