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CBS News Monthly Poll #4, August 1996 (ICPSR 2359)

Principal Investigator(s): CBS News


This poll, fielded August 26-28, 1996, is part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicit public opinion on the presidency and on a range of other political and social issues. Respondents were asked to give their opinions of President Bill Clinton and his handling of the presidency, as well as their views on Vice President Al Gore, Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole and his running mate Jack Kemp, Reform party candidate Ross Perot, and First Lady Hillary Clinton. Those queried were asked for their opinions about the 1996 presidential and congressional elections, and the commitment of the Democratic and Republican parties to the creation of a strong economy, a fair tax system, and the achievement of the "American dream". Respondents were also asked to identify the greatest achievement and disappointment of the Clinton presidency and to provide opinions on the recent welfare bill. Other topics covered the role of government in people's lives, the role of the media during the political conventions, the regulation of tobacco, the 1992 election, and whether Clinton could be trusted. Background information on respondents includes age, race, sex, education, religion, political party, political orientation, age of children in household, voter registration and participation history, and family income.

Series: CBS News/New York Times Poll Series

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Study Description


CBS News. CBS News Monthly Poll #4, August 1996 . ICPSR02359-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2010-01-29. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02359.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02359.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Clinton, Bill, Clinton, Hillary, congressional elections, Democratic Party (USA), Dole, Bob, Gore, Al, media influence, national economy, Perot, Ross, political campaigns, presidency, presidential candidates, presidential elections, presidential performance, public opinion, Reform Party, Republican Party (USA), taxes, tobacco use, trust in government, welfare reform

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Data Collection Notes:

(1) 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, hardcopy documentation has been converted to machine-readable form and variables have been recoded to ensure respondents' anonymity.


Extent of Processing:   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 variable labels and/or value labels.


Original ICPSR Release:   1999-06-23

Version History:

  • 2010-01-29 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.



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