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CBS News Pre-Presidential Address to Congress Poll, February 2001 (ICPSR 3276)

Principal Investigator(s): CBS News


This poll, conducted February 19-26, 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. In the days preceding Bush's first address to Congress on February 27, 2001, respondents were asked for their opinions of President George W. Bush and his handling of the presidency as well as their views on the United States Congress and the state of the nation's economy. Their views were also sought on whether Bush or other individuals were in charge of the administration, whether Bush would work with both parties in Congress, and whether the Democrats would work with Bush. Those polled were asked whether they believed that Bush cared about the problems of people like them, whether he possessed strong leadership skills, whether he shared their priorities for the country, and whether he was capable of dealing wisely with an international crisis. Respondents were asked whether Bush's proposed $1.6 trillion tax cut was a sound plan, and whether social programs could be preserved after such a tax cut. Additional topics covered the recent United States air strikes against Iraq, mandatory testing of students in public schools to rate the schools' effectiveness, whether such test results should be used to determine which schools could receive federal funds, and whether the respondent intended to watch Bush's congressional address. Background information on respondents includes age, gender, political party, 2000 presidential choice, education, race, Hispanic descent, children in household, and income.

Series: CBS News/New York Times Poll Series

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Study Description


CBS News. CBS NEWS PRE-PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS TO CONGRESS POLL, FEBRUARY 2001. ICPSR03276-v1. New York, NY: CBS News [producer], 2001. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2002. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03276.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03276.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Bush, George W., educational testing, Iraq, leadership, military air strikes, national economy, political issues, presidency, presidential performance, public opinion, social issues, tax cuts, United States Congress

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2001-02

Date of Collection:   

  • 2001-02-19--2001-02-26

Universe:    Adult population of the United States aged 18 and over with access to the Internet via Web TV.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    This CBS News poll was conducted online by Knowledge Networks among a national random sample of registered voters. Knowledge Networks polled a sample of registered voters in its household panel, which is a nationally representative sample of households with access to the Internet via Web TV.

Data Source:

online survey

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:   2002-03-07

Version History:

  • 2005-12-15 On 2005-08-15 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-12-15 to reflect these additions.



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