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Principal Investigator(s): CBS News
This special topic poll, conducted on July 16-17, 2001, assessed California residents' opinions on a variety of issues, including George W. Bush's performance as president, energy shortages and conservation, and the investigation into congressional intern Chandra Levy's disappearance. Respondents gave approval ratings of George W. Bush as president, Gray Davis as governor of California, and Gary Condit as United States Representative. Regarding recent energy shortages, respondents stated whether the government should give priority to increasing production of fuels or to encouraging energy conservation. They were asked to assign blame for the California energy shortages and to indicate whether they thought there was a real energy shortage or whether it was a ploy. Respondents gave their opinion on how President Bush and Governor Davis were handling the California energy shortage and commented on when they thought the energy problems would be over, whether they had cut back on their use of electricity, and if so, how. Respondents stated whether they believed public officials should be held to a higher standard in their personal lives, how closely they had been following the news about the disappearance of Chandra Levy, and whether they thought the situation had interfered with Representative Condit's job performance. They were asked whether they were registered to vote, whether they voted for Gary Condit in 2000, and whether they would vote to re-elect Condit. Respondents gave their opinions on whether Condit should resign from office, how much his moral values mattered to respondents in evaluating his job performance, whether Condit had hurt the investigation into Levy's disappearance, whether he had told the police everything, and whether respondents minded that Condit had misled the public about his relationship with Levy. In addition, respondents expressed their views on whether Condit asked Anne Marie Smith to lie about their relationship, whether Condit had anything to do with Levy's disappearance, whether the news media had acted responsibly in coverage of Levy's disappearance, and what proportion of Congress respondents believed had extramarital affairs. Background information on respondents includes gender, age, race, income, political leanings, religion, marital status, and education.
These data are freely available.
CBS News. CBS News California State Poll, July 2001 . ICPSR03347-v3. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-04-29. doi:10.3886/ICPSR03347.v3
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03347.v3
Scope of Study
Date of Collection:
Universe: Adult population of the state of California aged 18 and over having telephones at home.
Data Types: survey data
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, documentation has been converted to Portable Document Format (PDF), data files have been converted to non-platform-specific formats, and variables have been recoded to ensure respondents' anonymity. (2) The codebook is provided by ICPSR 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 on the ICPSR Web site.
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.
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).
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: 2002-03-07
- 2009-04-29 As part of an automated retrofit of some studies in the holdings, ICPSR updated the frequency file for this collection to include the original question text.
- 2009-04-22 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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