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CBS News Monthly Poll #1, April 2003 (ICPSR 3822)

Principal Investigator(s): CBS News


This poll, conducted April 2-3, 2003, is part of a continuing series of monthly polls that solicit public opinion on political and social issues. Respondents were asked to give their opinions on President George W. Bush and his overall job performance, his handling of military action against Iraq, his administration's expectations of the outcome of military action against Iraq, and whether he was the primary decision- and policymaker concerning military action in Iraq. Respondents were also asked whether they thought Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was alive or dead, whether they thought the benefits of removing Saddam Hussein outweighed the economic and human costs, and whether he was involved in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, DC. Questions were asked about the likelihood of another terrorist attack in the United States, whether military action against Iraq was part of the war on terrorism, and whether the chances of another terrorist attack had been affected by military action in Iraq. Respondents were asked whether they approved of military action against Iraq, whether they were following the news coverage concerning Iraq, how they viewed media coverage of military action in Iraq, what their personal expectations of the outcome of military action were, how long they thought United States military personnel would be in Iraq, whether an appropriate amount of force was being used, what the probability of military and civilian casualties in Iraq was, how military action against Iraq would affect current and future relations with other Arab countries, and whether they or an immediate family member was a member of the United States military. Background variables include age, sex, ethnicity, political orientation, marital status, religious preference, and household income.

Series: CBS News/New York Times Poll Series

Access Notes

  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.


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Study Description


CBS News. CBS News Monthly Poll #1, April 2003. ICPSR03822-v3. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-04-29. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03822.v3

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03822.v3

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    attitudes, Bush, George W., Hussein, Saddam, Iraq War, military intervention, presidency, presidential performance, public opinion, terrorism, terrorist attacks, terrorist threat, war casualties

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2003-04

Date of Collection:   

  • 2003-04-02--2003-04-03

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

Data Type(s):    survey data

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, 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' privacy.

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:   2003-11-21

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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