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ABC News/Washington Post White House CIA Leak 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
Bush Administration (George W., 2001-2009); Bush, George W.; CIA; classified information; government investigations; presidency; presidential performance; public opinion
  • Abstract

    This special topic poll, conducted September 30, 2003, was undertaken to assess respondents' opinions of an alleged CIA leak by someone in the White House. Respondents were asked if they approved of the way George W. Bush was handling his job as president, and whether they had heard or read about the United States Department of Justice investigation into whether a White House official broke the law by identifying a former diplomat's wife as an undercover CIA agent. Respondents were polled on the seriousness of the matter, as well as on the likelihood that the White House leaked this classified information and that President Bush knew about it in advance. Additional questions asked whether the investigation should be handled by the United States Department of Justice or by an outside investigator that was not part of the Bush Administration, whether the respondent thought that the Bush Administration was fully cooperating with the investigation, and if the investigation found that someone in the White House leaked classified information, whether that person should lose their job and face criminal charges. Background variables include sex, political affiliation, and political ideology.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 2003-09
  • Collection date: 2003-09-30
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
  • 3941 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR03941.v1

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

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