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ABC News/Washington Post South Carolina Primary Voter Poll, February 2000

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • ABC News
  • The Washington Post
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
abortion; Bush, George W.; campaign finance reform; candidates; education; Forbes, Steve; foreign affairs; Keyes, Alan; McCain, John; Medicare; morality; presidency; presidential elections; presidential performance; primaries; public opinion; Social Security; taxes; voter attitudes; voting behavior
  • Abstract

    This special topic poll, fielded February 2, 2000, queried residents of South Carolina on the upcoming February 19, 2000, South Carolina Republican presidential primary. Respondents were asked how much attention they had paid to the South Carolina primary campaigns and whether they intended to vote in the primary. Those queried were asked for whom they intended to vote, given a choice among candidates Texas governor George W. Bush, publisher Steve Forbes, Arizona senator John McCain, and radio talk show host Alan Keyes. Respondents were asked if they were pleased with the choice of candidates for the primary, when they had made their electoral decision, and whether personal qualities or positions on specific issues were more important in choosing a candidate for president. Views were also sought on which of the following issues was most important in deciding whom to support in the primary: world affairs, campaign finance reform, abortion, Social Security/Medicare, moral values, taxes, or education. Respondents were asked if the following statements applied to Bush or McCain: typical politician, understands the average American, strong leader, experienced enough to be president, would bring needed change to Washington, DC, knowledgeable in world affairs, true conservative, inspiring, would be a good commander-in-chief, says what he thinks even though it may be unpopular, and capable of winning the November election. Additional topics covered what should be the highest priority for the next president, whether the Confederate flag should fly over the South Carolina state capitol building, and whether abortion should continue to be legal. Background information on respondents includes age, gender, education, political party, political orientation, Hispanic descent, voter registration and participation history, military service, Religious Right membership, and family income.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 2000-02-02
Geographic Coverage
  • South Carolina
  • 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, hardcopy documentation has been converted to machine-readable form and variables have been recoded to ensure respondents' anonymity. (3) 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 on the ICPSR Website.

This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 2968 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)

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

ABC News; The Washington Post (2000): ABC News/Washington Post South Carolina Primary Voter Poll, February 2000. Version 1. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.