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ABC News Post-Election Poll, December 2000

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • ABC News
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series
Publication Date
  • Abstract

    This election poll, fielded December 3, 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. This data collection focused on the presidential election that took place on November 7, 2000. The poll queried respondents about the situation in the country 26 days after the election. Respondents expressed their opinions about the post-election situation in the country, the legitimacy of this election, their confidence in the accuracy of Florida's recount, and whom they wanted to see become the next president. Additional questions elicited views on the way Vice President Al Gore's and Texas governor George W. Bush's campaigns were handling the election situation and what impact the unclear post-election situation could have on the country's system of presidential elections. A group of questions concentrated on the hand recounts: whether there should be hand recounts of all the votes in Florida and whether the hand recounts in two counties that did not complete them on Gore's request should be completed and counted in the final vote total. Those polled also expressed their views about whether, after the Florida Secretary of State had declared George W. Bush the winner, Al Gore should concede or if he should ask the courts to review the vote. Other questions examined respondents' opinions about whether the United States Supreme Court, the Florida state legislature, and the United States Congress should be involved in determining the winner of the election in Florida, as well as if the United States Supreme Court's ruling in this case would be fair for both sides. The survey also collected respondents' opinions about whether they wanted to end the unclear situation quickly or give both campaigns a chance to make their full case in court. Background information on respondents includes age, gender, education, race, party affiliation, political orientation, and voter registration.
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    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 2000-12
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
  • 3119 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR03119.v1

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

ABC News (2001): ABC News Post-Election Poll, December 2000. Archival Version. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.