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CBS News State of the Union Address Poll, January 2003 (ICPSR 3742)

Principal Investigator(s): CBS News


This special topic poll, conducted January 24-28, 2003, 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. Prior to President George W. Bush's January 28, 2003, State of the Union address, respondents were asked to give their opinions of President Bush and his handling of the presidency, foreign policy, and the economy. Respondents were asked to specify whether the war on terror, the situation in Iraq, or the United States economy was most important for the government to address, as well as their opinion of the condition of the national economy, whether they expected their taxes to increase, decrease, or stay the same in the next two years, and whether taxes should be cut or the federal budget deficit reduced. Views were sought on whether President Bush was leading the country in the right direction, if respondents were confident in his ability to handle an international crisis, if he had strong leadership qualities, whether he cared about the needs and problems of people like themselves, and if he shared the same priorities as the respondent. Respondents were also asked if they approved of the United States taking military action against Iraq to remove Saddam Hussein from power, even if it resulted in substantial United States military casualties, if the situation with Iraq would be resolved without fighting, if United States military action against Iraq would increase the threat of terrorism, and who they believed was currently winning the war against terrorism. Respondents polled immediately after the State of the Union Address were asked if George W. Bush had the same priorities they did, how his proposed tax cuts would affect the economy, if they expected their taxes to increase or decrease in the next two years, if they approved of the United States taking military action against Iraq to remove Saddam Hussein, and if the U.S. should wait or take military action soon. Background variables include age, gender, education, religion, children in household, ethnicity, income, marital status, political orientation, and political party.

Series: CBS News/New York Times Poll Series

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Study Description


CBS News. CBS NEWS STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS POLL, JANUARY 2003. ICPSR version. New York, NY: CBS News [producer], 2003. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2004. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03742.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03742.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Bush, George W., federal budget deficit, Hussein, Saddam, international conflict, leadership, national economy, presidency, presidential performance, public opinion, State of the Union Address, taxes, terrorism

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2003-01

Date of Collection:   

  • 2003-01-24--2003-01-28

Universe:    Adult population of the United States aged 18 and over having a telephone 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.


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:   2004-04-28


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