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CBS News Monthly Poll #2, August 1999 (ICPSR 2846)

Principal Investigator(s): CBS News


This poll, fielded August 15, 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 the United States Congress. They were also asked to recall the April 1999 high school shooting in Colorado, as well as the recent office shootings in Georgia and Alabama, and the previous week's shooting at a Los Angeles, California, community center and day camp. Their views were sought on the reasons behind those shootings and whether the incidents could have been prevented. A series of questions addressed the issue of gun ownership and gun control in the United States, including the depth of the Second Amendment. On the topic of gun control, respondents were asked whether they believed that regulations should be stricter, including requiring gun manufacturers to put trigger locks/safety devices on guns, extending the waiting period for background checks, requiring a three-day waiting period between when a gun is bought and when it is sold, and requiring gun owners to register each firearm with the government. Those queried were asked whether stricter laws would reduce violent crime. Additional questions addressed respondents' views regarding bans on assault weapons and all handguns, permitting individuals to carry concealed weapons, the National Rifle Association (NRA), and whether Congress would enact stricter gun control laws during 1999. Background information on respondents includes age, sex, race, education, religion, voter registration and participation history, political party, political orientation, Hispanic descent, marital status, gun ownership, computer access, stock market investments, age of children in household, and family income.

Series: CBS News/New York Times Poll Series

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Study Description


CBS News. CBS News Monthly Poll #2, August 1999 . ICPSR02846-v3. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-07-28. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02846.v3

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02846.v3

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Scope of Study

Time Period:   

  • 1999-08-15

Data Collection Notes:

(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.

The ASCII data file may have been replaced if the previous version was formatted with multiple records per case. A frequency file, which contains the authoritative column locations, has been added to the collection.


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:   2000-01-25

Version History:

  • 2009-07-28 Minor edits were made to the frequency file cover.
  • 2009-07-22 As part of an automated retrofit of some studies in the holdings, ICPSR created the full data product suite for this collection. Note that the ASCII data file may have been replaced if the previous version was formatted with multiple records per case. A frequency file, which contains the authoritative column locations, has also been added.


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When it comes to gun control, which comes closer to your view? 1. We need stricter gun control laws in this country to limit the availability of guns, or 2. existing gun control laws are sufficient, but they need to be better enforced. [loc 1/55][##md1=0][##md2=0][##label=]
Stricter Laws Reduce Gun Violence
Do you think stricter gun control laws would, or would not reduce violent crime? [loc 1/47][##md1=0][##md2=0][##label=Stricter Laws Reduce Gun Violence]
Party Deal w/Gun Control
Regardless of how you usually vote, do you think the Republican party or the Democratic party would do a better job dealing with gun control? [loc 1/50][##md1=0][##md2=0][##label=Party Deal w/Gun Control]
Trigger locks/Safety Devices
Do you favor or oppose each of the following? Requiring gun manufacturers to put trigger locks or safety devices on all guns - do you favor or oppose that? [loc 1/42][##md1=0][##md2=0][##label=Trigger locks/Safety Devices]
Extend Waiting Period for Background Che
At gun shows, extending the waiting period between the time a person applies to buy a gun and the time it is sold to them in order to conduct background checks - do you favor or oppose that? [loc 1/43][##md1=0][##md2=0][##label=Extend Waiting Period for Background Checks]
National Hand Gun Ban
Would you favor or oppose a BAN on the sale of all handguns, except those that are issued to law enforcement officers? [loc 1/52][##md1=0][##md2=0][##label=National Hand Gun Ban]
Second Amendment Guarantee
Do you think the Second Amendment of the Constitution guarantees all Americans the right to own guns, or does it not necessarily guarantee that? [loc 1/40][##md1=0][##md2=0][##label=Second Amendment Guarantee]
Strict Handgun Laws
In general, do you feel the laws covering the sale of hand guns should be made more strict, less strict, or kept as they are now? [loc 1/41][##md1=0][##md2=0][##label=Strict Handgun Laws]
Register Each Firearm
Requiring all gun owners to register each firearm with the government - - do you favor or oppose that? [loc 1/44][##md1=0][##md2=0][##label=Register Each Firearm]
Congress Will Enact Laws in 1999
Do you think Congress will enact stricter gun control laws this year, or not? [loc 1/48][##md1=0][##md2=0][##label=Congress Will Enact Laws in 1999]


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