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New York Times Economic Security Poll, December 1996 (ICPSR 4515)

Principal Investigator(s): The New York Times


This poll, fielded December 8-11, 1996, is part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicit public opinion on the current 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 and the economy. Respondents also were queried on what they thought was the most important problem the country faced and if things were going in the right or wrong direction. Many of questions dealt with issues pertaining to jobs including whether the respondent was currently employed, how worried the respondent felt that they or someone in their household could be out of work and looking for a job within the next 12 months, their job satisfaction, whether they were working an extra job, and if they had been forced to work reduced hours or take a pay cut. Respondents also were asked detailed questions concerning job layoffs including if they had been laid off in the last five years, from how many different jobs they had been laid off, if anyone else in the household had experienced a layoff, and if the respondent knew someone who had been laid off in the last 15 years. The respondents also were asked questions relating to new jobs that they had taken because of being laid off and whether they felt that layoffs and job loss were a temporary problem or if it would be a permanent problem in the United States. They were then asked whether the government should step in to do something about job loss, and if either the Republican party or Democratic party would be better suited to stop layoffs and loss of jobs. Many questions also dealt with the respondents' financial situation. They were asked if they had a savings account, shares in the stock market, or retirement savings and what their plans were for holiday spending. Demographic variables include sex, age, race, education level, household income, employment status, voter registration status, political ideology, party affiliation, marital status, number of children in the household, and whether respondents had a child who had entered the 9th grade starting in September 1996

Series: CBS News/New York Times Poll Series

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Study Description


The New York Times. NEW YORK TIMES ECONOMIC SECURITY POLL, DECEMBER 1996. ICPSR04515-v1. The New York Times [producer], 1996. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-06-04. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04515.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04515.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Clinton Administration (1993-2001), Clinton, Bill, economic conditions, economic issues, employment, financial planning, job loss, job opportunities, job security, layoffs, multiple jobs, personal savings, public opinion, spending, stocks

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1996-12

Date of Collection:   

  • 1996-12-08--1996-12-11

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:

(1) The data available for download are not weighted and users will need to weight the data prior to analysis. (2) Additional information about sampling, interviewing, and sampling error may be found in the codebook. (3) The variable AREACODE was recoded for confidentiality. The previously blanked variables EXCHANGE, LASTFOUR, and NAME were also recoded to appropriate 9 series. (4) The variables EXTRA1, EXTRA2, EXTRA3, EXTRA4, and EXTRA5 were removed from the dataset because no data nor explanation for these variables was available. (5) The original data file contained three records per case and was reformatted into a data file with one record per case.


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 a weight variable (WEIGHT) that should be used in analyzing the data.

Mode of Data Collection:    telephone interview


Original ICPSR Release:   2007-06-04



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