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CBS News Monthly Poll #2, January 2002 (ICPSR 3459)

Principal Investigator(s): CBS News


This poll 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 if they approved of President George W. Bush's handling of the campaign against terrorism, foreign policy, and the economy. Those queried were also asked for their views on the current condition of the economy, whether it was getting better or worse, and whether they were optimistic or pessimistic about the next three years with Bush as president. Respondents were asked to indicate what they liked best and least about what he had done so far. Respondents were asked whether they approved of Dick Cheney's handling of his role as Vice President and how he compared with previous vice presidents. Next, respondents were queried on their opinions of the war in Afghanistan and how it was going for the United States. Respondents' views on a number of issues related to Social Security and their retirement were elicited as well. The collapse of the Texas-based energy company, Enron, was the focus of the next set of questions. Respondents were asked how much they had heard regarding Enron, and whether they felt Enron chairperson Kenneth Lay, other Enron executives, or anyone in the Bush administration had done anything wrong with respect to the company's collapse. Respondents were asked whether they felt policy decisions had ever been changed by politicians as a direct result of campaign contributions from major contributors, and whether they felt the oil and energy industries had too much or too little influence on the Bush administration. Also regarding Enron, respondents were asked whether senior executives should have been able to sell their stock in the company prior to its collapse, and whether the federal government should have intervened to prevent the collapse. Next, respondents were queried on how they felt regarding their civil liberties: whether they were concerned about losing some liberties as a result of the Bush administration's campaign against terrorism, and whether they would be willing to give up certain liberties in order to reduce the threat of terrorism. Background information on respondents includes age, gender, race, religion, education, political party, political orientation, marital status, number of children in the household, and income.

Series: CBS News/New York Times Poll Series

Access Notes

  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.


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Study Description


CBS News. CBS News Monthly Poll #2, January 2002. ICPSR03459-v3. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-04-29. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03459.v3

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03459.v3

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Afghanistan War, Bush, George W., campaign contributions, Cheney, Dick, civil rights, counterterrorism, energy industry, foreign policy, national economy, political influence, political issues, presidency, presidential performance, public opinion, retirement, social issues, Social Security, terrorist threat

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2002-01

Date of Collection:   

  • 2002-01-15--2002-01-17

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

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

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.

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]).

Data Source:

telephone interviews

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.

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:   2002-08-16

Version History:

  • 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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