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CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll, April 2005 (ICPSR 2828)

Principal Investigator(s): CBS News; The New York Times


This poll, conducted April 13-16, 2005, 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 George W. Bush and his handling of the presidency and issues such as the economy and the campaign against terrorism. Respondents were asked how well the United States Congress and their own representatives were doing their jobs, and gave their opinions of the Republican and Democratic parties, House Majority Leader Tom Delay, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, and the late Pope John Paul II. Respondents voiced their concerns about the most important problem facing the country, whether the United States did the right thing by taking military action against Iraq, and how well the United States was doing to restore stability in Iraq. A set of questions addressed the recent death of Pope John Paul II, the Catholic church and priesthood, the church's handling of the sexual abuse of children by priests, and the position the next Pope should take on issues such as birth control and the ordainment of women. Additional topics focused on abortion, Social Security, the Patriot Act, the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, the use of stun guns, gasoline prices, and laws regarding life and death. Demographic variables include sex, age, race, religious affiliation, frequency of religious service attendance, political party affiliation, political philosophy, education level, marital status, household income, voter registration and participation history, gun ownership, and whether there were children in the household.

Series: CBS News/New York Times Poll Series

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Study Description


CBS News, and The New York Times. CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll, April 2005. ICPSR02828-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-12-19. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02828.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02828.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    abortion, birth control, Bush, George W., capital punishment, Catholic Church, Catholic priests, Delay, Tom, Democratic Party (USA), electronic surveillance, euthanasia, Frist, Bill, gasoline prices, gun ownership, Hastert, Dennis, Iraq War, morality, Oklahoma City bombing, Patriot Act, Pope John Paul II, presidency, public opinion, Republican Party (USA), Social Security, terrorism, United States Congress

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2005-04

Date of Collection:   

  • 2005-04-13--2005-04-16

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    Persons aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in the contiguous 48 United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The data available for download are not weighted and users will need to weight the data prior to analysis.

Additional information about sampling, interviewing, and sampling error may be found in the codebook.

The value label for code 38 in variable Q3 was changed to reflect the current presidency.


Sample:    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.

Weight:    The data contain three weight variables that should be used in analyzing the data.

Mode of Data Collection:    telephone interview


Original ICPSR Release:   2006-12-19


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Taser Risks/Usage
Some people say the risk of a stun gun injuring or killing someone is very low and acceptable, so stun guns should be used by police when needed; other people say the risk of a stun gun injuring or killing someone is too high and unacceptable, so stun guns should not be used by police at all. From what you have seen or heard so far about stun guns, do you think the risks involved with them are acceptable, so they should be used OR the risks involved with them are unacceptable, so they should not be used?
Know re Police & Tasers
Now I have some questions on a different subject. To try to control violent suspects, some police and law enforcement officials use weapons that deliver an electric shock such as stun guns, which are sometimes called Taser guns. In general, how much have you heard or read about police use of these stun guns -- a lot, some, not much, or nothing at all?
Most Important Problem
What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today?


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