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CBS News Monthly Poll, January 2001 (ICPSR 3273)

Principal Investigator(s): CBS News


This poll, conducted January 15-17, 2001, is part of a continuing series of surveys that solicit public opinion on the presidency and on a range of other political and social issues. The survey examined respondents' views about George W. Bush as president: what kind of president Bush would be, what worried them about Bush, and whether he would bring together or divide different groups of Americans, as well as whether he would be able to deal wisely with an international crisis, work with members of both parties, improve education, reduce costs of prescription drug coverage for seniors, cut taxes, strengthen and reform Social Security, and improve the economy. Respondents were asked whether they participated in the last presidential election on November 7, 2000, and whom they voted for. They also gave their opinions of President-elect George W. Bush and his wife Laura Bush, Vice President-elect Dick Cheney, President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, and Attorney General nominee John Ashcroft. Those polled expressed their views on whether Bush and Clinton could both be trusted to keep their word as president, whether they shared the same moral values as most Americans, and whether they said what they believed or what people wanted to hear. Other questions examined respondents' opinions on the most important problems for the government, the national economy and the stock market, abortion, taxes, tax-funded vouchers for children's education, mandatory testing of students in public schools, and federal funding. Respondents were asked whether they had stock market investments, whether they considered themselves part of the conservative Christian political movement, whether they approved of the cabinet appointments Bush had made, and whether they trusted federal government. The survey also queried respondents on the legitimacy of the election, the effects of the presidential election controversy on American democracy, and partisanship in Congress. Other questions concentrated on the use of computers and the Internet, including whether respondents had access to a computer and to the Internet, and if so where, and if they had an e-mail address. Background information on respondents includes age, gender, education, race/ethnic identity, voter registration, political party affiliation, political orientation, marital status, number of children in the household, and household income.

Series: CBS News/New York Times Poll Series

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Study Description


CBS News. CBS NEWS MONTHLY POLL, JANUARY 2001. ICPSR version. New York, NY: CBS News [producer], 2001. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2001. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03273.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03273.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    2000 presidential election, abortion, Ashcroft, John, Bush, George W., Bush, Laura, Cheney, Dick, Clinton, Bill, Clinton, Hillary, computers, education, Gore, Al, national economy, political issues, prescription drugs, presidency, presidential elections, presidential performance, public opinion, social issues, Social Security, stock markets, tax cuts, trust in government, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2001-01-15--2001-01-17

Date of Collection:   

  • 2001-01-15--2001-01-17

Universe:    Adult population of the United States aged 18 and over having telephones at home.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

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Sample:    A variation of random-digit dialing using primary sampling units (PSUs) was employed, consisting of blocks of 100 telephone numbers identical through the eighth digit and stratified by geographic region, area code, and size of place. 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]).

Data Source:

telephone interviews

Restrictions: This data collection may not be used for any purpose other than statistical reporting and analysis. Use of these data to learn the identity of any person or establishment is prohibited.


Original ICPSR Release:   2001-10-01



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