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CBS News Monthly Poll #2, May 1998 (ICPSR 2548)

Principal Investigator(s): CBS News


This poll, conducted May 19-21, 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. Respondents were asked for their opinions of President Bill Clinton and his handling of the presidency, foreign policy, and the economy, as well as their views on the United States Congress, Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Vice President Al Gore, Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan, Microsoft CEO Bill Gates, former President George Bush, former First Lady Barbara Bush, Texas Governor George W. Bush, and 1996 Florida gubernatorial candidate Jeb Bush. Those queried were asked a series of questions relating to the stock market and the Asian financial crisis, such as their impact on the respondent and on the United States economy. Related topics concerned respondents' investment management and sources of information on investments, including the Internet, and the respondents' opinions on the future of technology and automobile stocks. Respondents were also asked about their feelings toward different countries, especially India and Pakistan. A series of questions addressed the recent testing of nuclear bombs by India, including the importance of India's actions to the interests of the United States, possible United States responses, the possibility of Pakistan's conducting similar tests, and the likelihood of nuclear war in the next 15 years. Additional topics covered the November 1998 congressional elections, the anti-trust case brought by the United States government and 20 states against Microsoft, the Whitewater and Monica Lewinsky investigations involving President Clinton, computer access, electronic mail, and on-line polling. Background information on respondents includes age, race, ethnicity, sex, education, religion, family income, political party, political orientation, voter registration and participation history, age of children in household, stock market investments, and retirement savings plans.

Series: CBS News/New York Times Poll Series

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Study Description


CBS News. CBS News Monthly Poll #2, May 1998 . ICPSR02548-v3. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-03-21. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02548.v3

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02548.v3

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Bush, Barbara, Bush, George H.W., Bush, George W., Bush, Jeb, Clinton, Bill, Democratic Party (USA), foreign policy, Gates, Bill, Gingrich, Newt, Gore, Al, Greenspan, Alan, Lewinsky, Monica, national economy, nuclear war, nuclear weapons, political attitudes, political issues, presidential performance, public opinion, Republican Party, Starr, Kenneth, stock markets, United States Congress

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1998-05

Date of Collection:   

  • 1998-05-19--1998-05-21

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    Persons aged 18 and over living in households with landline 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.

This poll interviewed an oversample of stock owners, as identified in the variable SAMPLE.

Value labels for unknown codes were added in variables Q35 and Q61.

To preserve respondent confidentiality, codes in variables AREACODE, EXCHANGE, and LASTFOUR have been replaced with blank codes.

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


Sample:    This poll was conducted among a nation-wide sample of 1,080 adults interviewed by telephone. 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. Stock owners were sampled at a higher rate and then weighted to reflect their overall population in the adult population.

Weight:    The data contain a weight variable, WEIGHT, that should be used in analyzing the data. Stock owners were sampled at a higher rate and then weighted (variable WEIGHT3) to reflect their overall population in the adult population.

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.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1998-09-17

Version History:

  • 2011-03-21 Respondent names were removed from the data file.
  • 2010-03-30 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.



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