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ABC News/Washington Post War Poll #1, March 2003

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
attitudes; Bush, George W.; chemical weapons; Hussein, Saddam; Iraq War; military intervention; nuclear weapons; presidential performance; public approval; public opinion; terrorism
  • Abstract

    This special topic poll, conducted March 20, 2003, was undertaken to assess public opinion on the war against Iraq, which began the previous evening. Respondents were asked whether they approved of the way President George W. Bush was handling the presidency, as well as the situation with Iraq and Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. Opinions were sought on whether they supported the United States going to war with Iraq, whether they supported the policies of the Bush administration, whether they supported the troops, whether the United States sought a diplomatic solution before going to war, and whether United States' vital interests were at stake. Those queried were asked if Hussein had to be killed/captured for the war to be considered a success, whether the United States should strike Iraqi military targets located in areas where civilians might be killed, whether the United States should use nuclear weapons if Iraq attacked United States troops with biological/chemical weapons, and whether weapons of mass destruction must be found for the war to be justified. Additional topics covered respondents' level of confidence in the United States and its allies attacking Iraq, whether Bush had adequately explained the reasons for going to war, how long the war would last, whether there would be significant civilian casualties, and whether respondents were concerned about another terrorist attack in the United States. Background information on respondents includes age, gender, and political party.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 2003-03
  • Collection date: 2003-03-20
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.

    Produced by Taylor Nelson Sofres Intersearch, Horsham, PA, 2003.

This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 3778 (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 War Poll #1, March 2003. Version 1. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.