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CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll #1, January 1998 (ICPSR 2451)

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


This poll, conducted January 10-12, 1998, 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. Views were sought on President Bill Clinton and his handling of the presidency, the United States Congress, and the most serious problems facing the nation, especially those facing women. Marking the 25th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court ruling Roe vs. Wade, questions were asked regarding the availability of abortion services, differences between first, second, and third trimester abortions, fetus viability, 24-hour waiting periods, parental consent for those under 18, and whether respondents supported a constitutional amendment making abortion legal. Views were sought on Democratic and Republican party's stances on abortion and a recent proposal by the Republican party to cut off campaign funds to candidates who would not support the partial-birth abortion ban. Additional questions covered the feelings of women who have had abortions, abortion as a form of birth control, partial-birth abortions, a prescription drug alternative to surgical abortion known as RU-486, prescription drugs to prevent egg fertilization, also know as emergency contraception or the morning after pill, and whether respondents knew anyone who had an abortion. Respondents were also asked about the pending sexual harassment lawsuit filed by former Arkansas state employee Paula Jones against then-Arkansas governor Bill Clinton. Demographic information includes sex, age, race, education level, political party affiliation, political orientation, household income, marital status, employment status, voter registration and participation history, religious preference, frequency of religious attendance, the presence of children under the age of 18 in the household, and whether any children were in the tenth grade.

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, January 1998. ICPSR02451-v4. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2010-04-23. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02451.v4

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02451.v4

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    abortion, abortion clinics, birth control, Clinton, Bill, Democratic Party (USA), Jones, Paula, lawsuits, presidency, presidential performance, pro-choice movement, pro-life movement, public opinion, Republican Party (USA), sexual harassment, United States Congress, United States Supreme Court, women, womens rights

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1998-01

Date of Collection:   

  • 1998-01-10--1998-01-12

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    Persons aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in the 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 data contain a weight variable (WEIGHT) with three implied decimal places.

This data collection was produced by CBS News, New York, NY.


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) with three implied decimal places that should be used in analyzing the data.

Mode of Data Collection:    telephone interview

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.


Original ICPSR Release:   1998-08-18

Version History:

  • 2010-04-23 The codebook was updated with the correct column locations. Sampling, weight, and dates of collection were added to the metadata.
  • 2010-04-01 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.
  • 2000-06-23 The variable "first name" was removed to further ensure the privacy of respondents.



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