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CBS News Monthly Poll #4, April 1999 (ICPSR 2784)

Principal Investigator(s): CBS News


This poll, fielded April 22, 1999, 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 conflict in Kosovo. Additional questions dealing with the Kosovo intervention focused on how closely respondents had followed news of the conflict, whether they favored or opposed the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) air strikes and the potential use of NATO ground troops, and whether the United States should do more for fleeing Kosovar refugees. On another topic, views were solicited on the threat of violence in public schools. Respondents were queried as to how safe they thought schools were, and whether more or less security was needed. Opinions were sought on the potential use of various security measures, such as stationing police officers in schools, the use of metal detectors, and random searching of student lockers. Opinions were also solicited on how serious a problem weapons in public schools were, how difficult it is to predict potentially violent students, and the role the federal government should take in ensuring safety in local schools. Particular attention was given to the April 20, 1999, school shootings in Littleton, Colorado. Respondents were asked how closely they had followed the news of that event, why they thought this incident happened, the role the Internet plays in school violence, and the likelihood for incidents like the one in Littleton to occur again. On a related topic, respondents were asked about their views toward banning assault weapons and handguns, their own households' ownership of guns, and their opinions of the National Rifle Association. Background information on respondents includes age, race, education, sex, marital status, political party, political orientation, age of children in household, and family income.

Series: CBS News/New York Times Poll Series

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Study Description


CBS News. CBS News Monthly Poll #4, April 1999 . ICPSR02784-v3. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-07-28. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02784.v3

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02784.v3

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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. (2) The codebook is provided 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 through the ICPSR Website on the Internet.

The ASCII data file may have been replaced if the previous version was formatted with multiple records per case. A frequency file, which contains the authoritative column locations, has been added to the collection.


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:   1999-09-15

Version History:

  • 2009-07-28 Minor edits were made to the frequency file cover.
  • 2009-07-22 As part of an automated retrofit of some studies in the holdings, ICPSR created the full data product suite for this collection. Note that the ASCII data file may have been replaced if the previous version was formatted with multiple records per case. A frequency file, which contains the authoritative column locations, has also been added.


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National Hand Gun Ban
Would you favor or oppose a BAN on the sale of all handguns, except those that are issued to law enforcement officers? [loc 1/62][##md1=0][##md2=0][##label=National Hand Gun Ban]
Weapons Problem in Community Schools
How big a problem do you think weapons such as guns, knives or box cutters are in the schools in your community? Are these weapons a serious problem or not a serious problem in the schools where you live? [loc 1/54][##md1=0][##md2=0][##label=Weapons Problem in Community Schools]
Follow News of Colorado School Shooting
On April 20th, some high school students in Littleton, Colorado attacked and killed some of their classmates, using guns, pipe bombs and other explosives. How closely have you been following news about this school shooting in Colorado? Have you been following it very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all? [loc 1/56][##md1=0][##md2=0][##label=Follow News of Colorado School Shooting]
Biggest School Problem
What do you think is the biggest problem in schools today? [allow 2][loc 1/39][##md1=0][##md2=0][##label=Biggest School Problem]
Reason for School Shooting
What do you think is the main reason why this event happened? [allow 2][loc 1/57][##md1=0][##md2=0][##label=Reason for School Shooting]
Most Important Problem
What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today? [allow 2][loc 1/32][##md1=0][##md2=0][##label=Most Important Problem]


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