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CBS News Call-Back Poll #1, March 2003 (ICPSR 3757)

Principal Investigator(s): CBS News


This poll, fielded March 17, 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. This survey was a call-back of the March 15-16, 2003, cohort (CBS NEWS MONTHLY POLL #3, MARCH 2003 [ICPSR 3756]), and was conducted to assess respondent views regarding President George W. Bush's address to the nation earlier that evening. Respondents were asked to give their opinions of Bush and his handling of the presidency and the situation in Iraq, as well as the ultimatum issued during his speech, demanding that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein leave Iraq within 48 hours or face military action. Respondent views were sought on whether they approved of the use of military action to remove Hussein from power, whether diplomatic solutions had been exhausted, whether a peaceful resolution remained possible, and whether the United States should have waited for United Nations approval before issuing the ultimatum. Those polled were asked about the implications of a war with Iraq: whether the removal of Hussein was worth the potential loss of American life, whether the threat of terrorism against the United States would increase, whether greater instability in the Middle East would result, and whether the likely outcome would be quick and successful or long and costly involvement by the United States. In addition, respondents were asked whether the United States should have called for a United Nations vote on military action against Iraq, even though they thought they would lose, and whether the issuance of the ultimatum had left respondents worried or relieved. Background information on respondents includes age, gender, voter registration and participation history, political party, political orientation, marital status, religion, education, Hispanic descent, race, children in household, and household income.

Series: CBS News/New York Times Poll Series

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  • 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 Call-Back Poll #1, March 2003. ICPSR03757-v3. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-04-29. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03757.v3

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03757.v3

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Bush, George W., Hussein, Saddam, military intervention, presidency, presidential performance, public approval, public opinion, terrorism, terrorist threat, United Nations

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2003-03

Date of Collection:   

  • 2003-03-17

Unit of Observation:    individuals

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' privacy.

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:   2004-01-07

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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