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CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll #1, August 2006 (ICPSR 4621)

Principal Investigator(s): CBS News; The New York Times


This poll, conducted August 11-13, 2006, 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 whether they approved of the way George W. Bush was handling a variety of issues including the presidency and the campaign against terrorism, what was the most important problem facing the country, and which political party was more likely to ensure a strong economy and make the right decisions when dealing with terrorism. Opinions were collected on whether the federal government had done all it reasonably could to improve airport security since September 11, 2001, how effective government screenings of United States airplane passengers were in stopping terrorist threats, whether respondents were afraid of flying in an airplane, and whether it was necessary to regulate carrying liquids and other items onto airplanes. Respondents were asked whether they were more concerned that the government would fail to enact strong anti-terrorism laws or that it would enact new anti-terrorism laws that excessively restricted civil liberties, whether the planned attacks on planes leaving from England represented a major terrorist threat to the United States or to England, and how likely Arab Americans, Muslims, and immigrants from the Middle East would be singled out unfairly in the United States. A series of questions asked whether the war in Iraq was a part of the war on terrorism, whether the United States was winning the war on terrorism, and whether respondents thought the United states did the right thing in taking military action against Iraq. Additional questions addressed the topic of the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah militants in Lebanon, the war against terrorism, and the al Qaeda terrorist network. Demographic information includes voter registration status and participation history, political party affiliation, political philosophy, marital status, sex, religious preference, education level, age, household income, race, whether respondents had any children under the age of 18, and the presence of household members between the ages of 18 and 24.

Series: CBS News/New York Times Poll Series

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Study Description


CBS News, and The New York Times. CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll #1, August 2006. ICPSR04621-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-02-27. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04621.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04621.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    airport security, al Qaeda, Arab Americans, Bush Administration (George W., 2001-2009), Bush, George W., civil rights, Democratic Party (USA), federal government, immigration, Iraq War, national security, presidency, presidential performance, public opinion, Republican Party (USA), terrorism, terrorist threat

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2006-08

Date of Collection:   

  • 2006-08-11--2006-08-13

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.

The CASEID variable was reformatted in order to make it a unique identifier.

The value label for code 38 in variable Q5 was assumed to be outdated and was changed to refer to the president in office at the time of the survey.

Truncated value labels in Q5 and EDUC were corrected.


Sample:    A variation of random-digit dialing using primary sampling units (PSUs) was employed, consisting of blocks of 100 telephone numbers identical through the eighth digit and stratified by geographic region, area code, and size of place. 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 weights that should be used for analysis.

Mode of Data Collection:    telephone interview


Original ICPSR Release:   2008-02-27



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