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New York Times Education Poll, February 1983 (ICPSR 4497)

Principal Investigator(s): The New York Times


This special topic poll, fielded February 7-12, 1983, 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. The focus on this data collection was the quality of public schools. Respondents were asked about the most important problems facing the public schools in their community, the quality of local public school teachers, community spending on public schools, and possible cost-saving measures. Several questions asked about the type of education respondents had received and how it compared to the education children received today, as well as the relevance of the subject matter taught in public schools. Opinions were also sought on proposed ways of maintaining discipline in public schools, including instituting a dress code and physical punishment. Information was also collected on whether respondents had a child who attended a local elementary or high school in the past three years, the type of school their child attended, and whether anyone in the household was employed by the local school system. Respondents were asked about their choice of school for their children if cost were not a factor and whether they favored school vouchers and tuition tax credits for children attending private schools. Demographic variables include sex, race, age, household income, education level, religious background, and whether they had a child under the age of 18.

Series: CBS News/New York Times Poll Series

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Study Description


The New York Times. New York Times Education Poll, February 1983 [Computer File]. ICPSR04497-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-08-05. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04497.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04497.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    attitudes, education, educational environment, educational system, educational vouchers, public opinion, public schools, school choice, schools, social issues, taxes, teacher salaries, teachers

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1983-02

Date of Collection:   

  • 1983-02-07--1983-02-12

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:

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

The data and documentation for this study were acquired from the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research.

Value labels for unknown codes were added in variables Q2, Q4_1, Q4_2, and Q15A.

The variable AREACODE was recoded for confidentiality.


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 (WEIGHT) that should be used for analysis.

Mode of Data Collection:    telephone interview


Original ICPSR Release:   2008-08-05



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