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CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll #1, July 1992 (ICPSR 6080)

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


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 comment on what they thought was the most important problem facing the country, and to give their approval rating of George Bush with respect to his handling of the presidency, foreign policy, and the economy. Questions were also posed regarding respondents' vote intentions for the 1992 presidential election, their opinions of 1992 presidential candidates, and the likelihood of their voting in the 1992 presidential election. Respondents were asked about the amount of attention they had paid to the 1992 presidential campaign, media coverage of the candidates, and the importance of a candidate's party affiliation. Those surveyed were asked whether George Bush, Bill Clinton, and Ross Perot had strong qualities of leadership, whether they had said enough about where they stood on the issues, whether they really said what they believed most of the time, and how much they cared about the needs and problems of the people. The poll also posed questions pertaining to whether the candidates exhibited good judgment under pressure, whether they were likely to raise taxes, if they shared the moral values of other Americans, and whether they had offered specific ideas to solve important problems. Additional questions dealt with national health insurance, abortion, gasoline taxes, family finances, selling Mexican goods in the United States, the national economy, buying a new car or house, how well congressional representatives were handling their jobs, and how the United States House of Representatives should vote if none of the candidates wins an Electoral College majority. Background information on respondents includes sex, age, race, marital status, employment status, education, family income, political orientation, party preference, and religious preference.

Series: CBS News/New York Times Poll Series

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Study Description


CBS News/The New York Times. CBS NEWS/NEW YORK TIMES MONTHLY POLL #1, JULY 1992. New York, NY: CBS News [producer], 1992. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-04-14. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06080.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06080.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    abortion, Bush, George H.W., Clinton, Bill, Electoral College, foreign policy, gasoline prices, health insurance, home ownership, leadership, media coverage, morality, national economy, party identification, Perot, Ross, personal finances, presidency, presidential campaigns, presidential candidates, presidential elections, presidential performance, public opinion, purchasing, tax increases, United States Congress, United States House of Representatives, values, voter preferences, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1992-07-08--1992-07-11

Date of Collection:   

  • 1992-07-08--1992-07-11

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

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

A weight variable has been included and must be used for any 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


Original ICPSR Release:   1993-10-11

Version History:

  • 2008-04-14 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.

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