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ABC News/Washington Post Iraq Abuse Poll, May 2004

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
abuse; attitudes; Bush Administration (George W., 2001-2009); Bush, George W.; Iraq war; military crime; military personnel; prisoners of war; public opinion; Rumsfeld, Donald; war crimes
  • Abstract

    This special topic poll, fielded May 5-6, 2004, was undertaken to assess public opinion on the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by United States soldiers in Iraq. Views were sought on whether the war with Iraq was worth fighting and whether the Bush administration had a clear plan for handling the situation in Iraq. Respondents were asked how closely they were following news reports regarding the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by American soldiers, whether the soldiers involved should be charged with a crime, whether higher-level military officers should be punished and held responsible, and whether the abuse represented a few isolated incidents or a more widespread problem. Respondents were polled on whether they approved of the way President George W. Bush was handling the issue of Iraqi prisoner abuse, whether he should apologize to the Iraqi people for these incidents, whether the Bush administration had acted quickly enough in investigating the reports when they had first become known, whether the Bush administration was more concerned with investigating these reports or covering them up, and whether Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld should resign because of these incidents. Those polled also gave their personal reactions to the abuse of Iraqi prisoners and whether they thought it was acceptable in a war situation. Background information includes sex, age, ethnicity, education, and political party affiliation.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 2004-05
  • 2004-05-05 / 2004-05-06
    Collection date: 2004-05-05--2004-05-06
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
  • 4039 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR04039.v1

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

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