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ABC News/Washington Post War Poll #3, April 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
biological weapons; Bush, George W.; chemical weapons; humanitarian aid; Hussein, Saddam; Iraq War; military intervention; military operations; nation building; presidency; presidential performance; public approval; public opinion; terrorism
  • Abstract

    This special topic poll, conducted April 16, 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 presidency, whether they supported or opposed the war, and whether the United States was doing enough to restore civil order in Iraq. Opinions were sought on the importance of the United States capturing or killing Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, finding biological or chemical weapons in Iraq, restoring civil order in Baghdad and elsewhere, providing humanitarian aid, rebuilding the infrastructure in Iraq, and helping establish a new government in Iraq. Those polled were asked whether the United States or the United Nations should take the lead in awarding contracts to companies for rebuilding the infrastructure, helping maintain civil order until a new government is established, and helping establish a new government in Iraq. Views were sought on whether the war with Iraq was considered part of the war against terrorism, whether the war would increase the risk of further terrorism in the United States, and the chances that the United States would become bogged down in a drawn-out peace keeping operation in Iraq. A series of questions addressed Syria and North Korea, nations accused of developing weapons of mass destruction and supporting terrorists by the Bush administration. Topics covered the possible use of diplomatic/economic pressure, military force, and going to war to remove their governments from power. Background information on respondents includes age, gender, and political party.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 2003-04
  • Collection date: 2003-04-16
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
  • 3785 (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 #3, April 2003. Version 1. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.