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CBS News Monthly Poll, July 2003 (ICPSR 3916)

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 to give their opinions of President George W. Bush and his handling of the presidency, foreign policy, the economy, and the situation with Iraq. Their views were sought on the state of the economy and how it compared to the state of the economy two years ago. A series of questions addressed pre-emptive military strikes and interference in foreign governments, whether the costs of the Iraq War or the removal of Saddam Hussein was worth the loss of American lives, and whether, in retrospect, Iraq and Saddam Hussein had posed real threats to the United States. Respondents were asked what they felt Iraqi sentiment was toward the United States and if they thought the United States was really in control of events in Iraq. Respondents were asked to give an estimate on how long American troops would be in Iraq, and whether that was too long, about right, or not long enough. Those polled were asked if they thought the war will have been "worth it," if they would consider it to be "worth it" if no weapons were ever found, whether the Bush Administration's estimates on the number of weapons Iraq had were accurate, and whether those in the administration were telling the truth about what they knew. Respondents were also asked if they were confident that the United States would find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and whether or not it mattered. Questions concerning the upcoming presidential election asked those polled how much attention they paid to the 2004 campaign, and if the respondent could name any of the Democratic candidates for president. Background information on respondents includes voter registration status, party identification, voting record in the 2000 election, marital status, religious preference, education record, age, Hispanic nationality, racial background, total family income in the year 2002, and reachable call-back phone numbers.

Series: CBS News/New York Times Poll Series

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Study Description


CBS News. CBS News Monthly Poll, July 2003. ICPSR03916-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2004. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03916.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03916.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Bush, George W., economic conditions, foreign policy, Hussein, Saddam, Iraq War, national economy, presidency, presidential elections, presidential performance, public approval, public opinion

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2003-07

Date of Collection:   

  • 2003-07-08--2003-07-09

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

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The data contain weight variables that should be used for analysis.


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


Original ICPSR Release:   2004-10-18

Version History:

  • 2005-12-15 On 2005-08-15 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-12-15 to reflect these additions.



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