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CBS News Monthly Poll, August 2004 (ICPSR 4155)

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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 to give their opinions of the 2004 presidential campaign, including whom they likely would vote for and their level of support for that candidate. Questions were also posed regarding candidates' handling of or ability to handle current issues, such as foreign policy, the economy, and the situation in Iraq. Opinions of other national figures -- e.g., Rudolph Giuliani, John McCain, and Arnold Schwarzenegger -- were solicited as well. Additional survey questions queried respondents' perceptions of the state of the economy, the war on terrorism, stem cell research, and government-issued warnings of potential terrorist attacks. Background information includes voter registration status, political party leanings, sex, religious preference, education, age, ethnicity, and income.

Series: CBS News/New York Times Poll Series

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Study Description


CBS News. CBS News Monthly Poll, August 2004. ICPSR04155-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2005. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04155.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   abortion, bin Laden, Osama, born-again Christians, Buchanan, Pat, Bush Administration (George W., 2001-2009), Bush, George W., campaign issues, Cheney, Dick, Clinton Administration (1993-2001), Clinton, Bill, crime, defense (military), Democratic Party (USA), education, Edwards, John, employment, environment, foreign aid, foreign policy, gasoline prices, Giuliani, Rudolph, Gore, Al, health care, health care costs, homosexual relationships, illegal immigrants, international crises, Iraq War, Kerry, John, leadership, McCain, John, Nader, Ralph, national economy, older adults, poverty, prescription drugs, presidential campaigns, presidential elections, presidential performance, public approval, public opinion, Republican Party (USA), Schwarzenegger, Arnold, Social Security, stem cell research, taxes, terrorism, unemployment, voter registration, voter turnout, voting behavior, welfare services

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 2004-08

Date of Collection:  

  • 2004-08-15--2004-08-18

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

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The data contain weight variables that should be used for analysis.


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


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