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CBS News Monthly Poll #5, October 1996 (ICPSR 4513)

Principal Investigator(s): CBS News


This poll, fielded October 27-29, 1996, 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 Bill Clinton and his handling of the presidency. Those polled rated the condition of the national economy and gave their opinions of Vice President Al Gore, First Lady Hillary Clinton, the United States Congress, and the presidential and vice presidential candidates in the upcoming election. Opinions were elicited on the 1996 presidential and congressional elections, the likelihood that respondents would vote, for whom they would vote, what issue the next administration should focus on, and whether America was ready to elect a Black or female president. Views were also sought on the presidential campaign, including campaign spending, length of the campaign season, and media coverage, as well as respondents' preferred voting methods and their voter registration history. Several questions asked about the Whitewater inquiry, foreign campaign contributions accepted by the Democratic Party, and how the next administration should handle issues such as education and crime. Others topics addressed feelings about the federal government, the federal budget deficit, taxes, Social Security, holiday spending, crime in the respondent's community, and whether the United States had a responsibility to provide military assistance around the world. Information was also collected on whether respondents had contacted their member of Congress in the past two years, whether they had lived in the same community for the past two years, and how often they watched comedians on late-night television. Demographic variables include sex, race, age, household income, education level, political party affiliation, political philosophy, voter participation history and registration status, and type of residential area (e.g., urban or rural).

Series: CBS News/New York Times Poll Series

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Study Description


CBS News. CBS NEWS MONTHLY POLL #5, OCTOBER 1996. ICPSR04513-v1. New York, NY: CBS News [producer], 1996. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-08-18. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04513.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04513.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    attitudes, campaign expenditures, Clinton, Bill, Clinton, Hillary, crime, Dole, Bob, drugs, education, federal budget deficit, federal government, Gore, Al, Kemp, Jack, military intervention, Perot, Ross, Powell, Colin, presidency, presidential campaigns, presidential candidates, presidential performance, public opinion, public schools, social issues, Social Security, taxes, United States Congress, voter attitudes, voter registration, voting behavior, Whitewater inquiry

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1996-10

Date of Collection:   

  • 1996-10-27--1996-10-29

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) The variables AREACODE and EXCHANGE were recoded for confidentiality. (4) Value labels for unknown codes were added in variables LASTREG, Q26, and Q28. (5) The original data file contained three records per case and was reformatted into a data file with one record per case. (6) ICPSR created a unique sequential record identifier variable named CASEID.


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 weight variables that should be used for analysis.

Mode of Data Collection:    telephone interview


Original ICPSR Release:   2008-08-18



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