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Washington Post Washington, DC, Poll, May 2002

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
attitudes; city councils; government performance; living conditions; local government; local politics; mayors; neighborhoods; public officials; public opinion; quality of life; social issues; terrorist attacks; trust in government
  • Abstract

    This special topic poll was undertaken to solicit respondents' opinions on life in the District of Columbia in general, and in particular the quality of life, neighborhood conditions, and living preferences in DC. Respondents were asked to give their opinions of Anthony Williams, his handling of his job as mayor of the District, and his dealing with issues facing the community, as well as the way the city council was handling its job. Respondents also expressed their opinions on the importance of African Americans as a majority among the city council's members, the impact on respondents' medical care of the DC General Hospital being closed, and respondents' concerns about the possibility of more major terrorist attacks in the United States and in the Washington, DC, area. Those queried also estimated their level of confidence in the federal government's and the District government's abilities to respond effectively to a large-scale terrorist attack in the United States. A series of questions focused on the District's having a major league baseball team, and becoming a separate state like the other 50 states. Respondents also answered a set of questions regarding the gentrification of neighborhoods in Washington, DC, and its impact on the respondents' neighborhoods. Background information on respondents includes voter registration status, living situation, education, occupation, income, age, race, and gender.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 2002-05
  • 2002-05-15 / 2002-05-19
    Collection date: 2002-05-15--2002-05-19
Geographic Coverage
  • District of Columbia
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Adult population of Washington, DC, aged 18 and over having telephones at home.
Random-digit dialing, using a multistage, stratified sample. Within households, respondents were selected by last-birthday selection.
Collection Mode
  • The data are provided as an SPSS portable file.

    Additional information about sampling, interviewing, weighting, and sampling error may be found in the codebook.

    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.

    Produced by Taylor Nelson Sofres Intersearch, Horsham, PA, 2002

This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 3554 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR03554.v1

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

The Washington Post (2003): Washington Post Washington, DC, Poll, May 2002. Archival Version. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.