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CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll, February 2005 (ICPSR 4318)

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


This poll conducted February 24-28, 2005, is part of a continuing series of monthly polls that solicit opinions on the presidency and on other political and social issues. Respondents were asked to assess the performance of United States President George W. Bush relative to the issues concerning national economy, the conflict in Iraq, North Korea, Iran, education, the national deficit, health care, terrorism, taxes, and international affairs. Respondents were further asked to proffer the most important issue facing the country, the priorities of the administration related to domestic issues, the most important foreign policy issue, and the foreign policy priorities of the administration. Additional queries were of respondents' views on same sex unions, abortion, social security, prescription drug costs, and whether the country was headed in the right direction. Multiple questions addressed various issues surrounding Social Security, retirement, health care, and Medicare. One such question was whether Medicare should cover or pay for erectile dysfunction drugs such as Viagra. Respondents were asked for their opinions on the conflict in Iraq, the possible threat of North Korea, and the possibility or probability of Iran building nuclear weapons and how that would affect the United States. Additional questions asked respondents to describe their experiences with the health care system and health care professionals. Background information includes age, education, ethnicity, frequency of religious participation, household income, the last year the respondent voted, marital status, number of children in the household, political ideology, political party affiliation, race, religious affiliation, voter registration status, whether the respondent considered herself or himself an evangelical, and whether the respondent voted in the 2004 United States presidential election, and if yes, for whom.

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 Monthly Poll, February 2005. ICPSR04318-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-12-15. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04318.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04318.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    abortion, Bush Administration (George W., 2001-2009), Bush, George W., drug costs, federal budget deficit, health care, health care access, health care costs, health care services, Iraq War, Kerry, John, Medicare, Nader, Ralph, national economy, prescription drugs, presidency, presidential performance, public opinion, retirement, Social Security, Social Security tax, tax cuts

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2005-02

Date of Collection:   

  • 2005-02-24--2005-02-28

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

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Additional information about coding and weighting may be found in the codebook.


Sample:    A variation of random-digit dialing using primary sampling units (PSUs) was employed, consisting of blocks of 100 telephone numbers that were 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).

Weight:    The data contain weights that should be used for analysis.

Mode of Data Collection:    telephone interview


Original ICPSR Release:   2006-12-15

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