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CBS News Monthly Poll #1, April 1999 (ICPSR 2781)

Principal Investigator(s): CBS News


This poll, fielded April 1, 1999, 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, foreign policy, and the situation in Yugoslavia involving Serbia and Kosovo. Those queried were asked for their views on the United States and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) air strikes against military targets in Yugoslavia. Topics covered the importance of regional peace to United States interests, whether the military activity is worth the loss of American lives, Clinton's explanation of the situation, the possibility of widespread war, and whether the United States will send ground troops to the area. Respondents were asked for their opinions on the March 31, 1999, capture of three United States soldiers near Kosovo and whether the United States should increase its military actions in Yugoslavia in response. Additional questions addressed the ethnic Albanian refugee situation in the region. Topics covered whether the air strikes or the Serbs are responsible for the situation, whether the United States has a responsibility to provide humanitarian aid to assist the refugees, Clinton's pledge of $50 million in humanitarian assistance, and whether genocide is the proper term to describe Serb actions against the ethnic Albanians. Background information on respondents includes age, sex, political party, political orientation, marital status, education, race, Hispanic origin, and family income.

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CBS News. CBS News Monthly Poll #1, April 1999 . ICPSR02781-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-10-28. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02781.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02781.v2

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(1) This collection has not been processed by ICPSR staff. ICPSR is distributing the data and documentation for this collection in essentially the same form in which they were received. When appropriate, hardcopy documentation has been converted to machine-readable form and variables have been recoded to ensure respondents' anonymity. (2) The codebook is provided as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided through the ICPSR Website on the Internet.


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Original ICPSR Release:   1999-09-15

Version History:

  • 2009-10-28 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.



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