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CBS News/New York Times Teenage Problems Poll, May 1994 (ICPSR 6597)

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


This special topic poll queried American teenagers on the problems they face. Specific topics included drugs, crime, guns, teen pregnancy, alcohol, AIDS, and racism. Respondents were asked about problems with school, peer pressure, their opinions on the future of American teenagers, and whether they personally knew anyone who had been shot in the past five years. Other questions asked teens whether their parents were divorced, separated, or together, how likely it was that they themselves would be divorced in the future, and whether they would consider becoming a single parent. Background information on respondents includes household composition, political orientation, education, age, sex, race, and religious preference.

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Study Description


CBS News/The New York Times. CBS NEWS/NEW YORK TIMES TEENAGE PROBLEMS POLL, MAY 1994. 2nd ICPSR version. New York, NY: CBS News [producer], 1994. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2000. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06597.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06597.v2

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Scope of Study

Time Period:   

  • 1994-05

Date of Collection:   

  • 1994-05

Universe:    Population of the United States aged 13-18 years and having telephones at home.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) ICPSR created a codebook appendix to clarify codes for some standard variables. (2) A weight variable has been included and must be used for any analysis. (3) The codebook is provided as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided through the ICPSR Website on the Internet.


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:   1996-05-14

Version History:

  • 2000-06-21 The variable "first name" was removed to further ensure the privacy of respondents.
  • 1998-01-14 ICPSR created an appendix to the codebook to clarify codes for many of the standard demographic variables.


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33a. Of the kids who do carry a weapon, how many would you say carry guns --- most, about half, some, or just a few?
33. Of the kids in your school, how many kids would You say frequently carry a knife, gun or other weapon --- most, about half, some or just a few?
1. Think about the problems facing teenagers. What do you think is the most important problem facing teenagers today?


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