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ABC News/Washington Post Poll, September 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
abortion; federal budget; health insurance; Iraq War; Israeli Palestinian conflict; national economy; prescription drugs; presidency; presidential candidates; presidential performance; primaries; public opinion; social security; taxes
  • Abstract

    This poll is part of a series of monthly surveys that solicit public opinion on the presidency and on a range of other political and social issues. Respondents were asked to give their opinions on President George W. Bush's handling of foreign and domestic issues, the 2004 presidential election, the situation in Iraq, the nation's economy, and preferences for candidates in the 2004 Democratic presidential primaries. Those polled were asked how closely they were following the race for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination, whether they would vote in a 2004 presidential primary or caucus, and how satisfied they were with the choice of candidates in the Democratic primaries this year. Looking ahead to the 2004 Democratic presidential primaries, respondents were also asked for whom they would vote, which candidate they were leaning toward, and who their second choice might be. A series of questions addressed President Bush's handling of domestic issues like the economy, education, Social Security, prescription drug benefits for the elderly, the environment, the cost of health insurance, homeland security, taxes, the federal budget, creating jobs, gun control, the abortion issue, campaign finance reform, and foreign affairs including the situation in Iraq, the cost of the war, and the fighting between Israelis and Palestinians. Background variables include education, age, religious orientation, urban/rural area of residence, marital status, ethnicity, household income, sex, whether the respondent was registered to vote, whether the respondent voted in the 2000 presidential election, and for whom the respondent voted.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 2003-09
  • 2003-09-10 / 2003-09-13
    Collection date: 2003-09-10--2003-09-13
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 version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 3940 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR03940.v1

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

ABC News; The Washington Post (2004): ABC News/Washington Post Poll, September 2003. Archival Version. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.