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CBS News/New York Times New Jersey State Poll, October 2000 (ICPSR 3219)

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


This poll, conducted October 12-15, 2000, is part of a continuing series of surveys that solicit public opinion on the presidency and on a range of other political and social issues. The study was conducted in part to assess respondents' interest in and opinions about the 2000 election campaign for United States senator from New Jersey. New Jersey residents gave their opinions of candidates Jon Corzine (Democrat) and Bob Franks (Republican), as well as their opinions of President Clinton, New Jersey governor Christie Whitman, New Jersey senator Robert Torricelli, New Jersey state senator Donald DiFrancesco, New Jersey gubernatorial candidates Jim McGreevey (Democrat) and Bret Schundler (Republican), and candidates for president and vice president, Al Gore and Joe Lieberman (Democrats), and George W. Bush and Dick Cheney (Republicans). Respondents were also queried about their readiness to vote in the upcoming Senate election, whom were they going to vote for, and who, in their opinion, would become state senator. Respondents answered a set of questions comparing Corzine and Franks as Senate candidates in terms of their experience, interest in people like themselves, and political philosophy, as well as who would do more to improve education and make health care affordable for everyone. The survey also sought respondents' opinions on the use of the federal budget surplus, the role of the federal government in local education policy, the role of the federal government in ensuring access to affordable health care, and whether it would be preferable to have a smaller government providing fewer services or a larger government providing more services. Respondents' views were elicited on whether limits should be placed on the amount of their own money candidates can spend on their campaigns, whether candidates' use of funds from political action committees was problematic, the amount of his own money Corzine was spending on his campaign, and whether the fact that Corzine was spending $1 million each week on his campaign made respondents more or less likely to vote for him. Respondents were queried as to whether they had seen any Corzine or Franks campaign commercials on TV, whether they had watched any debates between Corzine and Franks, whether they had received any Corzine or Franks campaign literature through the mail, and whether that information had influenced their electoral decision. Respondents were also asked for whom they intended to vote in the upcoming presidential election: Al Gore (Democratic Party candidate), George W. Bush (Republican Party candidate), Pat Buchanan (Reform Party candidate), or Ralph Nader (Green Party candidate). Additional questions probed respondents' views on issues such as abortion, requiring all gun owners to register their firearms, the appropriate criminal punishment for murder, and the most important factor in deciding how they would vote in the New Jersey senate election. Background information on respondents includes age, gender, political party, political orientation, marital status, education, children in household, voter registration and participation history, Hispanic descent, race, years in community, gun ownership, and household income.

Series: CBS News/New York Times Poll Series

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Study Description


CBS News/The New York Times. CBS NEWS/NEW YORK TIMES NEW JERSEY STATE POLL, OCTOBER 2000. ICPSR version. New York, NY: CBS News [producer], 2000. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2002. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03219.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03219.v1

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Scope of Study

Time Period:   

  • 2000-10

Date of Collection:   

  • 2000-10-12--2000-10-15

Universe:    Adult population of the state of New Jersey aged 18 and over having telephones at home.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

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Sample:    A variation of random-digit dialing using primary sampling units (PSUs) was employed, consisting of blocks of 100 telephone numbers identical through the eighth digit and stratified by geographic region, area code, and size of place. Within households, respondents were selected using a method developed by Leslie Kish and modified by Charles Backstrom and Gerald Hursh (see Backstrom and Hursh, SURVEY RESEARCH. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1963).

Data Source:

telephone interviews

Restrictions: This data collection may not be used for any purpose other than statistical reporting and analysis. Use of these data to learn the identity of any person or establishment is prohibited.


Original ICPSR Release:   2002-03-07



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