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Washington Post Virginia Election Poll, October 1994

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • The Washington Post
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
candidates; congressional elections (US Senate); federal budget deficit; military intervention; North, Oliver; public opinion; voter attitudes; voter expectations; voter preferences
  • Abstract

    This special topic poll, fielded September 30-October 4, 1994, was undertaken to assess respondents' views on the candidates in November's election for United States Senate in the state of Virginia. The candidates included Charles Robb, Oliver North, and Marshall Coleman. Residents of Virginia were asked to rate the likelihood of their voting in the election, to indicate their voting intentions and preferences for candidates in the election, to comment on their satisfaction with the candidates, and to identify any candidates they would definitely not vote for under any circumstances. Respondents were asked to indicate what they believed to be the most serious problem facing Virginia that the next Senator from Virginia should resolve. Additional questions probed respondents' opinions on a range of other political and social issues including the use of United States military force to attempt to restore democracy in Haiti, raising federal taxes to help reduce the federal budget deficit, a law that would prohibit the sale of assault weapons, allowing illegal immigrants to receive public assistance benefits, and whether the respondents knew any of the Senate candidates' stances on those issues. In addition, respondents were asked to comment on the job performances of President Clinton and the United States Congress. Background information on respondents includes voter registration status, party preference, education, age, household income, race, and sex.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1994-09 / 1994-10
    Time period: 1994-09--1994-10
  • 1994-09-30 / 1994-10-04
    Collection date: 1994-09-30--1994-10-04
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
  • Virginia
Sampled Universe
Persons aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in Virginia.
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.

    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), and variables have been recoded to ensure respondents' anonymity.

This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 3859 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)

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

The Washington Post (2004): Washington Post Virginia Election Poll, October 1994. Version 1. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.