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ABC News/Washington Post October Politics Poll, October 2002

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
Bush, George W.; electoral issues; Hussein, Saddam; national economy; nuclear weapons; presidency; presidential performance; public opinion; Social Security; stock market conditions; terrorism; terrorist attack; voter attitudes
  • Abstract

    This special topic poll, conducted October 24-27, 2002, was undertaken to assess public opinion prior to the November 2002 congressional elections. Respondents were asked whether they approved of the way President George W. Bush was handling the presidency, the economy, the United States campaign against terrorism, and the situation with Iraq and Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. Those polled were asked whether they had been following the election closely, whether they were going to vote, and if so, whether they would vote for the Democratic or Republican candidate, and whether their vote would be an expression of support for or opposition to the Bush administration. Their views were sought on the extent to which the following would influence their electoral decision-making: the war on terrorism, Social Security, the economy and jobs, education, health care, prescription drug benefits for the elderly, and the situation with Iraq. Those queried were asked how worried they were about the economy, the possibility of another major terrorist attack in the United States, the performance of the stock market, and efforts by North Korea and Iraq to develop nuclear weapons. Additionally, respondents were asked which political party, Democratic or Republican, would better handle the nation's main problems, whether Bush understood the problems of people like them, whether Bush was to blame for the nation's economic problems, and whether they were satisfied with the way the federal government works. Background information on respondents includes age, gender, voter registration and participation history, political party affiliation, political orientation, education, religion, race, Hispanic origin, labor union membership, financial situation compared with two years ago, and household income.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 2002-10
  • 2002-10-24 / 2002-10-27
    Collection date: 2002-10-24--2002-10-27
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 home at the time of the interview.
Collection Mode
  • Additional information about sampling, interviewing, weighting, and sampling error may be found in the codebook.

    The data are provided as an SPSS portable file.

    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.

This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 3767 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)

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

ABC News; The Washington Post (2003): ABC News/Washington Post October Politics Poll, October 2002. Version 1. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.