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CBS News/New York Times New York City Poll, August 2002 (ICPSR 3703)

Principal Investigator(s): CBS News; The New York Times


This special topic poll assessed respondents' opinions on the long-range view for New York City, Michael Bloomberg and his performance as mayor of New York City, and the recovery efforts following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Residents of New York City were asked to give their opinions of President George W. Bush and his handling of the presidency, their biggest concern about living in New York City, their confidence in the economic recovery of the city, the likelihood of another terrorist attack on the United States, the threat level of another terrorist attack in New York City as opposed to other big cities, and their confidence in the ability of the United States government to capture Osama bin Laden. Respondents also described their personal images of New York City, indicated how likely they were to carry a cellular phone, and specified the frequency of their air travel before and after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. A series of questions focused on Arab Americans, Muslims, and immigrants from the Middle East in the United States, security at New York City airports, bridges, and tunnels, and New York City's preparedness for dealing with a biological or chemical attack. Those queried also presented their views on the impact of the events of September 11, 2001, on their everyday lives, personal economy, and health, what should be done at the site of the World Trade Center in addition to a memorial, and government-issued warnings about possible terrorist attacks on Americans abroad and in the United States. Background information on respondents includes age, gender, voting status, whether they knew any Arab immigrants, borough of residence, religion, marital status, political affiliation, education, race, and income.

Series: CBS News/New York Times Poll Series

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Study Description


CBS News, and The New York Times. CBS News/New York Times New York City Poll, August 2002. ICPSR03703-v3. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-04-29. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03703.v3

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03703.v3

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    air travel, Arab Americans, bin Laden, Osama, Bloomberg, Michael, Bush, George W., cellular phones, immigrants, Muslims, presidency, presidential performance, public opinion, social issues, terrorist attacks, terrorist threat

Geographic Coverage:    New York City, United States

Time Period:   

  • 2002-08

Date of Collection:   

  • 2002-08-25--2002-08-29

Universe:    Adult population of New York City aged 18 and over having telephones at home.

Data Type(s):    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]).

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:   2003-08-18

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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