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CBS News Japan Survey, June 1989 (ICPSR 4474)

Principal Investigator(s): CBS News


This special topic poll, fielded June 26-29, 1989, 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 about the economic situation in the United States, the future for the next generation of Americans, and their own life satisfaction. Opinions were solicited on relations between the United States and Japan, the trade situation between the United States and Japan, West Germany, and the Soviet Union, the quality of the goods produced in these countries, whether trade restrictions were necessary to protect domestic industries, and which country would be the economic power in the next century. Views were sought on President George H.W. Bush, Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev, how often the federal government could be trusted, and whether corruption was necessary for government to operate. Those polled were asked about government defense spending, the likelihood of a reduction in nuclear weapons within the next few years, the level of United States troops stationed in Western Europe and Asia, and whether the United States would defend West Germany and Japan if these countries were attacked. Other topics addressed attitudes towards work, the environment, abortion, and perceived differences between the United States and Japan. Information was also collected on whether respondents owned a fax machine, used a computer, spoke a language other than English, and had ever visited Japan. Demographic information includes sex, age, race, employment status, education level, household income, political party affiliation, political orientation, and voter registration and voter participation history.

Series: CBS News/New York Times Poll Series

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Study Description


CBS News. CBS NEWS JAPAN SURVEY, JUNE 1989. ICPSR04474-v1. New York, NY: CBS News [producer], 1989. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-03-31. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04474.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04474.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • Tokyo Broadcasting System
  • West German Television

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    abortion, armed forces, attitudes, Bush, George H.W., cultural perceptions, economic conditions, environmental attitudes, federal government, free trade, Gorbachev, Mikhail, international relations, international trade, life satisfaction, nuclear weapons, public opinion, social issues, trust in government, work attitudes

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1989-06

Date of Collection:   

  • 1989-06-26--1989-06-29

Unit of Observation:    individual

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) The data available for download are not weighted and users will need to weight the data prior to analysis. (2) The data and documentation for this study were acquired from the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research. (3) Value labels for unknown codes were added in variables Q4, Q5, Q15, Q37, and Q49.


Sample:    Stratified random digit dialing. 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).

Weight:    The data contain a weight variable that should be used for analysis.

Mode of Data Collection:    telephone interview


Original ICPSR Release:   2008-03-31



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