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CBS News Monthly Poll, July 1999 (ICPSR 2847)

Principal Investigator(s): CBS News


This poll, fielded July 13-14, 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, the United States Congress, First Lady Hillary Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, Texas governor George W. Bush, and former New Jersey senator Bill Bradley. Those queried were asked whether they were concerned about potential Y2K computer problems and whether they had acted on those concerns by stocking water, food, and money, and/or copying personal medical and financial records. A series of questions addressed the United States' health care system, with items on which political party was best suited to improve the system, the effect that health maintenance organizations (HMO) had on physician decision-making and out-of-pocket expenses by patients, the current trend toward more managed care, and respondents' experiences with the medical system over the last year. Additional questions focused on proposed federal legislation that would allow patients to appeal to medical experts if denied treatment by their health insurance plans, allow patients to sue HMOs if they were harmed due to a denial of coverage, and change the Medicare system to cover prescription costs. Those queried were also asked a series of questions regarding gun ownership and gun control, including whether the Second Amendment guaranteed all Americans the right to own a gun, whether gun manufacturers should include trigger locks/safety devices with guns, whether gun buyers should have to pass a safety course and be licensed prior to purchase, whether gun owners should be required to register their guns with the government, and whether individuals should be permitted to carry concealed weapons. Additional topics covered the proposed flat tax on income, decreasing the capital gains tax, keeping Internet transactions free from state sales tax, offering child-care tax credits to families with a stay-at-home parent, giving federal money to faith-based institutions for local programming, campaign finance reform including public financing and soft money contributions, and the amount of attention paid to the 2000 election campaigns. Background information on respondents includes age, sex, race, education, religion, marital status, political party, political orientation, Hispanic descent, age of children in household, household income, computer access, stock market investments, and intention to vote in 2000.

Series: CBS News/New York Times Poll Series

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Study Description


CBS News. CBS News Monthly Poll, July 1999 . ICPSR02847-v3. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-07-28. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02847.v3

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02847.v3

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Scope of Study

Time Period:   

  • 1999-07-13--1999-07-14

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:   2000-01-18

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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Feel Re License for Gun Owners
Requiring all gun buyers to pass a safety course and obtain a photo license in order to purchase guns - do you favor or oppose that? [loc 1/74][##md1=0][##md2=0][##label=Feel Re License for Gun Owners]
Feel re Extend Gun Waiting Period
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 to conduct background checks - do you favor or oppose that? [loc 1/73][##md1=0][##md2=0][##label=Feel re Extend Gun Waiting Period]
Feel re Gun Registration
Requiring all gun owners to register each firearm with the government - do you favor or oppose that? [loc 1/75][##md1=0][##md2=0][##label=Feel re Gun Registration]
Combined Gun Ownership Right
[allow 1][loc 1/69][##md1=0][##md2=0][##label=Combined Gun Ownership Right]
Gun Ownership Right-B
Now, on another subject: 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 1/71][##md1=0][##md2=0][##label=Gun Ownership Right-B]
Feel re Built-in Trigger Locks
Do you favor or oppose each of the following issues? Requiring gun manufacturers to put trigger locks or safety devices on all guns - do you favor or oppose that? [loc 1/72][##md1=0][##md2=0][##label=Feel re Built-in Trigger Locks]
Gun Ownership Right-A
[if flp3 eq <2>][goto q36][endif] [if flp3 eq <4>][goto q36][endif] Now, on another subject: The Second Amendment of the Constitution states that "A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." Do you think this guarantees all Americans the right to own guns, or does it not necessarily guarantee that? [loc 1/70][##md1=0][##md2=0][##label=Gun Ownership Right-A]
Y2K Precautions
Are you or is anyone in your household thinking about doing anything to prepare for problems that might arise from the Y2K problem? IF YES: What are you thinking about doing? [allow 2][loc 1/45][##md1=0][##md2=0][##label=Y2K Precautions]
Most Important Problem
What do you think is the single most important problem for the government -- the President and Congress -- to address in the coming year? [allow 2][loc 1/32][##md1=0][##md2=0][##label=Most Important Problem]


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