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Washington Post Maryland Poll, January 2004

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
economic conditions; elections; Ehrlich, Bob; government corruption; gubernatorial elections; legalized gambling; Mikulski, Barbara; public opinion; state government; taxes
  • Abstract

    This special topic poll, fielded January 4-7, 2004, was undertaken to assess respondents' views on economic conditions and government performance in the state of Maryland. Residents of Maryland were asked for their opinions on the job performance of Governor Bob Ehrlich and the condition of the Maryland economy. Those polled were asked what they believed the biggest problem facing Maryland was today, who they trusted to do a better job coping with the problems the state faced, and what Governor Ehrlich's biggest accomplishment in his first year was. Respondents were queried on whether they felt Senator Barbara Mikulski deserved to be re-elected in the year's United States Senate election, which political party they were leaning toward, whom they would vote for in the 2004 Democratic presidential primary, whether they voted in the 2002 Maryland gubernatorial election, and whom they voted for (Bob Ehrlich or Kathleen Kennedy Townsend). Further questions queried what steps respondents would find acceptable to deal with the state's budget shortfall and what kind of tax increase would be the best if the legislature decided to raise taxes to balance the budget. Additional questions focused on whether respondents would favor allowing slot-machine gambling at horse-racing tracks or other places in Maryland, whether they would favor legalizing casino gambling in Maryland, and whether they would play if there were slot machines in Maryland. Opinions were also solicited on corruption in state government and a state law that would allow gay and lesbian couples to enter into civil unions, giving them some of the legal rights of married couples. Background variables include political orientation, education, ethnicity, household income, and whether the respondent was registered to vote.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 2004-01
  • 2004-01-04 / 2004-01-07
    Collection date: 2004-01-04--2004-01-07
Geographic Coverage
  • Maryland
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Persons aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in Maryland.
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.

This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 3946 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)

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

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