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ABC News/Washington Post War Poll #3, March 2003

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • ABC News
  • The Washington Post
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
attitudes; Bush, George W.; humanitarian aid; Hussein, Saddam; Iraq War; military intervention; presidential performance; public approval; public opinion; nation building; tax cuts
  • Abstract

    This special topic poll, conducted March 27, 2003, was undertaken to assess public opinion on the war against Iraq. Respondents were asked whether they approved of the way President George W. Bush was handling the situation with Iraq and Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. Those polled were asked whether they supported or opposed the war, how the war was going, whether the Iraqi resistance had been tougher or weaker than expected, how long the war would last, and whether the United States and its allies had done the right thing by going to war. Views were sought on whether the United States had been aggressive enough in the ground war and in the air war, the likelihood that the United States would become bogged down in a drawn-out war with Iraq, whether the number of United States military casualties had been acceptable, and whether everything had been done to avoid civilian casualties. Those polled were asked whether the United States had provided enough humanitarian aid to the Iraqi people and if not, who was to blame, whether the people in Iraq were on the side of the United States or Hussein, and who should take the leading role in rebuilding Iraq after the war. A series of questions addressed the $726 billion tax cut over ten years proposed by the Bush administration. Topics covered the Senate reduction of the proposed tax cut to $350 billion and whether respondents would support or oppose the elimination of the tax cut in its entirety. Background information on respondents includes age, gender, and political party.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 2003-03
  • Collection date: 2003-03-27
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
  • (1) Additional information about sampling, interviewing, weighting, and sampling error may be found in the codebook. (2) The data are provided as an SPSS portable file. (3) 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. (4) 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
  • 3780 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR03780.v1

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 #3, March 2003. Archival Version. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.