September 19, 2002

Bush Engages and Persuades Public on Iraq

About the Survey

Results for the Mid-September Omnibus survey are based on telephone interviews conducted under the direction of Princeton Survey Research Associates among a nationwide sample of 1,150 adults, 18 years of age or older, during the period September 12-16, 2002. Based on the total sample, one can say with 95% confidence that the error attributable to sampling and other random effects is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. For results based on either Form 1 (N=595) or Form 2 (N=555), the sampling error is plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

Results for the Early September News Interest Index Omnibus survey are based on telephone interviews conducted under the direction of Princeton Survey Research Associates among a nationwide sample of 1,919 adults, 18 years of age or older, during the period September 5-10, 2002. Based on the total sample, one can say with 95% confidence that the error attributable to sampling and other random effects is plus or minus 2.5 percentage points. For results based on either Form 1 (N=935) or Form 2 (N=984), the sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

In addition to sampling error, one should bear in mind that question wording and practical difficulties in conducting surveys can introduce error or bias into the findings of opinion polls.