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CBS News Monthly Poll #2, July 2005 (ICPSR 4397)

Principal Investigator(s): CBS News


This poll, conducted July 29-August 2, 2005, 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 the way President George W. Bush was handling the presidency and issues such as foreign policy and Social Security. They were also asked to voice their concerns about what they viewed as the most important problem facing the country, to give their opinions of the condition of the national economy and the Republicans and Democrats in the United States Congress, and to rate how well Congress was doing its job. A series of questions addressed the success of the war against terrorism and the war in Iraq, whether the result of the war with Iraq was worth the costs, whether it was a part of the war on terrorism, the likelihood of another terrorist attack against the United States, and whether Saddam Hussein was personally involved in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Several questions focused on the United States Supreme Court, Supreme Court Justice nominee John Roberts, the Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion, how important it was that the Senate understood Roberts' position on abortion before voting on his confirmation, and whether Supreme Court justices should take public opinion and their own personal views into account when deciding cases. Views were also sought on White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove and the recent investigation into the disclosure of the identity of an undercover Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agent to news reporters, whether someone in the Bush Administration was responsible, and whether the leak was a mistake or part of a wider effort to discredit critics of the Bush Administration. Additional topics focused on immigration, NASA and the Space Shuttle, the death penalty, same-sex marriage, abortion, physician-assisted suicide, how often respondents watched network television news programs, and whether they felt that Democrats and Republicans shared their values and goals. Demographic variables include sex, age, race, religious affiliation, frequency of religious service attendance, education level, household income, marital status, political party affiliation, political philosophy, voter registration status, for whom the respondent voted in the 2004 presidential election, whether there were children in the household, whether a member of the household was currently in college, and whether the respondent or a family member was serving in the United States armed forces.

Series: CBS News/New York Times Poll Series

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Study Description


CBS News. CBS News Monthly Poll #2, July 2005. ICPSR04397-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-01-24. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04397.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04397.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    abortion, assisted suicide, Bush Administration (George W., 2001-2009), Bush, George W., capital punishment, CIA, confirmation hearings, Democratic Party (USA), Hussein, Saddam, illegal immigrants, immigration, Iraq War, NASA, national economy, presidency, public approval, public opinion, Republican Party (USA), Roberts, John G., Rove, Karl, same-sex marriage, September 11 attack, space shuttle, Supreme Court decisions, Supreme Court nominations, television news, terrorism, terrorist threat, United States Congress, United States Supreme Court

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2005-07

Date of Collection:   

  • 2005-07-29--2005-08-02

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    Persons aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in the contiguous 48 United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The data available for download are not weighted, and users will need to weight the data prior to analysis.

Additional information about sampling, interviewing, and sampling error may be found in the codebook.

The variables Q42, Q53, and Q78 were removed from the dataset because no data or explanation for these variables were available.

The value label for code 38 in variable Q3 was changed to reflect the current presidency.


Sample:    Households were selected by random-digit dialing. Within households, the respondent selected was the adult living in the household who last had a birthday and who was home at the time of the interview.

Weight:    The data contain weight variables that should be used in analyzing the data.

Mode of Data Collection:    telephone interview


Original ICPSR Release:   2007-01-24



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