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ABC News/Washington Post Monthly Poll, March 2011

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • ABC News
  • The Washington Post
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
Afghanistan War; budget cuts; budgets; economic policy; economic recovery; federal budget deficit; gasoline prices; government shutdowns; international relations; Middle East; Obama, Barack; opinion polls; public approval; public opinion; same-sex marriage; Social Security; Tea Party movement; womens rights
  • Abstract

    This poll, fielded March 2011, is a part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicits public opinion on a range of political and social issues. Respondents were asked whether they approved of the performances of President Obama and Congress on a range of topics including: the economy, the budget deficit, economic recovery, intervention in the Middle East and North Africa (specifically Libya), Social Security, and workers' rights. Queries also investigated respondents' opinions of the Tea Party movement, the war in Afghanistan, Republican leaders, partisan cooperation, and the quality of leadership provided by the political parties. Additional subjects included: how to resolve state budget deficits, social security, government shutdown, unions, the price of gasoline, equal marriage rights, and women in the military. Political partisanship and left-right political self-placement were also solicited. Demographic and other background information includes age, gender, race, religious affiliation, education, and locality of residence.
  • Methods

    The data are not weighted. This collection includes a weight variable (WEIGHT), which was developed by ABC News using demographic information from the U.S. Census to adjust for sampling and non-sampling deviations from population values, which should be used when analyzing the data. For additional information about weighting and sampling procedures, please see the appended Methodology section of ICPSR codebook or visit the ABC News' Polling Methodology and Standards Web site.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Created online analysis version with question text.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 2011-03
  • 2011-03-10 / 2011-03-13
    Collection date: 2011-03-10--2011-03-13
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Persons aged 18 years and over living in households with telephones in the contiguous 48 United States. Smallest Geographic Unit: Census tract
Random digit dialing
Collection Mode
  • computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI)

    For additional information on the ABC News/Washington Post Monthly Poll, please visit the Washington Post Polling Web site.

This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 35091 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-16

ABC News; The Washington Post (2014): ABC News/Washington Post Monthly Poll, March 2011. Version 1. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.