ABC News Iraq Poll, September 2002

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • ABC News
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
attitudes; Bush, George W.; foreign policy; Hussein, Saddam; international alliances; military intervention; opinion polls; presidential performance; public approval; public opinion; social issues; terrorism; weapons inspections
  • Abstract

    This special topic poll, conducted September 12-14, 2002, was undertaken to assess public opinion on the potential war against Iraq. Respondents were asked whether they approved of the way President George W. Bush was handling the situation with Iraq and Saddam Hussein, how important it was to force the Iraqi president from power, whether President Bush had a clear policy on Iraq, whether the Bush administration was overstating the level of threat from Iraq, whether it had done enough to win international support for taking military action against Iraq, whether Bush had presented enough evidence on why the United States should remove Saddam Hussein from power, and whether attacking/not attacking Iraq would create a greater risk of further terrorist attacks to the United States. Those polled also indicated their level of support for United States military action against Iraq. They were asked whether they would be for/against it if United States allies opposed such military action, if the United States used ground troops, if there was a significant number of United States military casualties, if Iraq agreed to let United Nations weapons inspectors back into the country, and if Iraq interfered or did not cooperate with United Nations weapons inspectors. Background information on respondents includes gender, age, education, political party affiliation, race, and Hispanic origin.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 2002-09
  • 2002-09-12 / 2002-09-14
    Collection date: 2002-09-12--2002-09-14
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Persons aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in the contiguous 48 United States.
Households were selected by random-digit dialing. Within households, the respondent selected was the adult living in the household who last had a birthday and who was at home at the time of interview.
Collection Mode
  • Additional information about sampling, interviewing, weighting, and sampling error may be found in the codebook.

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

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Alternative Identifiers
  • 3555 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR03555.v1

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