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CBS News Monthly Poll #1, April 2002 (ICPSR 3692)

Principal Investigator(s): CBS News


This poll 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 for their opinions of President Bush and his handling of the presidency, the war against terrorism, and foreign policy, as well as their views of Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. The remainder of the questions focused on the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, and the United States' use of military force in response to the events of September 11, 2001. Respondents were asked whether Israel and/or the Palestinians desired peace enough to make real concessions, whether they believed Israel was acting justly in reacting militarily to recent suicide bombings, and whether they believe Arafat had done all he could to stop the suicide bombings. Those surveyed were asked whether Israel had too much influence over United States foreign policy, whether Bush had enough experience to negotiate peace in the Middle East, and if they supported sending American troops to the Middle East to end the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. Respondents were asked whether they supported the United States' attacks against Afghanistan, as well as the use of military force against countries such as Iraq and Somalia to combat terrorism, whether they believed such action increased the risk of further terrorist attacks against the United States, and whether such action could lead to a war between Western and Muslim countries. Finally, respondents were asked whether they believed it was the responsibility of the United States to bring peace to the Middle East. Background information on respondents includes age, gender, Hispanic descent, race, religion, education, voter registration and participation history, political party, political orientation, marital status, children in the household, and household income.

Series: CBS News/New York Times Poll Series

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Study Description


CBS News. CBS News Monthly Poll #1, April 2002. ICPSR03692-v3. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-04-29. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03692.v3

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03692.v3

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Arab Israeli conflict, Arafat, Yasir, attitudes, Bush, George W., Middle East, military intervention, presidency, presidential performance, public opinion, September 11 attack, Sharon, Ariel, social issues, suicide bombings, terrorism

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2002-04

Date of Collection:   

  • 2002-04-01--2002-04-02

Universe:    Adult population of the United States aged 18 and over having a telephone at home.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

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, documentation has been converted to Portable Document Format (PDF), data files have been converted to non-platform-specific formats, and variables have been recoded to ensure respondents' anonymity.

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.


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

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.

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:   2003-05-23

Version History:

  • 2009-04-29 As part of an automated retrofit of some studies in the holdings, ICPSR updated the frequency file for this collection to include the original question text.
  • 2009-04-22 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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