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CBS News Monthly Poll, November 2003 (ICPSR 3982)

Principal Investigator(s): CBS News


This poll, fielded during November 2003, is part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicit public opinion on the presidency and on a range of other social and political issues. Those surveyed were asked to give approval ratings for President George W. Bush and his handling of the economy, to rate his honesty and integrity, and to rate the current state of the economy and its possible future. Respondents were asked whether the war on Iraq was worth the costs, whether they believed that President Bush and/or his administration told everything they knew about the existence of weapons of mass destruction, and whether they believed that either the United States or the Iraqi people were able to create a stable democracy. Questions seeking respondent opinions on the Democratic and Republican parties included which party the respondents believed advocated the creation of new jobs and was more likely to make the United States safe from terrorism. In regards to the upcoming presidential election, respondents were asked if they could name any of the Democratic candidates for president and how likely they were to vote in a party primary or caucus. Questions also asked what beliefs or background the respondent would like a presidential candidate to have, such as support of the war in Iraq or past active military duty. Respondents were asked for their opinions on civil unions for homosexual couples and gun control laws. Background information collected includes sex, parental status, labor union membership, whether a job was lost in the household in the past year, Armed Forces membership/veteran status, favorite music, whether the respondent was a fan of NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing), how many days a week the respondent watched the morning network news programs, place of birth, type of job (blue collar, white collar, etc.), religious preference, political identification and philosophy, voting record, marital status, level of education, age, ethnicity, yearly household income, and willingness for callback.

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, November 2003. ICPSR03982-v3. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-04-29. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03982.v3

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03982.v3

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    attitudes, Bush, George W., Iraq War, leadership, national economy, presidential candidates, presidential performance, public approval, public opinion, social issues, terrorism, voter preferences

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2003-11

Date of Collection:   

  • 2003-11-10--2003-11-13

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' 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:   2004-06-17

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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Change Gun Control Laws
In general, do you think gun control laws should be made more strict, less strict, or kept as they are now? [loc 2/19][##md1=0][##md2=0][##label= Change Gun Control Laws]
Party Decide Gun Control
Regardless of how you usually vote, do you think the Republican Party or the Democratic Party would make the right decisions when it comes to gun control? [loc 1/66][##md1=0][##md2=0][##label= Party Decide Gun Control]
Most important Problem
What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today? [loc 1/33][allow 2][##label=Most important Problem][##md1=0][##md2=0]


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