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CBS News/New York Times Polls, 1977-1978 (ICPSR 7818)

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This study 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. With the exception of Part 8, June 1978 Poll -- California Sample, (for which there was no national sample), each data file in this collection represents a distinct nationwide survey that was conducted during 1977-1978. Approximately 1,000-1,500 randomly selected adults were surveyed by telephone in each poll. Respondents were asked to give their opinions of President Jimmy Carter and his handling of the presidency, foreign affairs, and the economy, as well as their views on a range of current social and economic issues such as crime, police behavior, discrimination, and working women. In addition, the July 1977 Energy Poll (Part 3) focused specifically on energy problems, exploring respondents' perceptions of the seriousness of energy shortages and who or what may have been responsible, their reactions to President Carter's proposals calling for conservation and sacrifice, and whether or not their own energy usage behavior was likely to change, particularly with regard to home heating and automobile use. The October 1977 Poll (Part 4) covered topics such as the Panama Canal treaty, the ongoing conflict in the Middle East, changing lifestyles, and the impact of the women's movement on family life. The February 1978 Poll (Part 6) dealt with the attitudes of Blacks and Whites on racial issues. Topics covered included police harassment, urban poverty, racial disturbances, segregation in neighborhoods and schools, and the portrayal of Black Americans on television. In addition to asking respondents about the efforts of Egypt and Israel to negotiate a peace agreement, the April 1978 Poll (Part 7) also covered current national issues such as inflation, unemployment, energy prices, and personal savings. California's Proposition 13 was the primary subject of the poll in Part 8, June 1978 Poll -- California Sample. Other topics included arms limitation talks between the United States and the Soviet Union, and United States' potential intervention in Africa. Background information on respondents includes voter participation history, political party affiliation, political orientation, age, sex, race, religion, education, employment, household income, and participation in labor unions.

Series: CBS News/New York Times Poll Series

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  April 1977 Poll - Download All Files (8.2 MB)
DS2:  July 1977 Poll - Download All Files (8.1 MB)
DS3:  July 1977 Energy Poll - Download All Files (8.1 MB)
DS4:  October 1977 Poll - Download All Files (8.1 MB)
DS5:  January 1978 Poll - Download All Files (8.1 MB)
DS6:  February 1978 Poll - Download All Files (8 MB)
DS7:  April 1978 Poll - Download All Files (8.1 MB)
DS8:  June 1978 Poll -- California Sample - Download All Files (7.9 MB)

Study Description


CBS News, and The New York Times. CBS News/New York Times Polls, 1977-1978. ICPSR07818-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1981. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07818.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   abortion, Affirmative Action, African Americans, Arab Israeli conflict, automobile use, automobiles, Begin, Menachem, capital punishment, carpools, Carter Administration (1977-1981), Carter, Jimmy, consumer attitudes, consumer behavior, crime rates, deterrence, discrimination, driving habits, energy conservation, energy crises, energy production, energy shortages, environemntal protection, foreign aid, foreign policy, gasoline prices, gasoline rationing, inflation, juvenile offenders, Middle East, nuclear energy, oil imports, police misconduct, political attitudes, property taxes, Proposition 13 (California), public opinion, public transportation, race relations, racial attitudes, racial discrimination, racial tensions, Sadat, Anwar, taxes, unemployment, urban poverty, womens movement, working women

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1977--1978

Date of Collection:  

  • 1977--1978

Universe:   Adults living in the United States with telephones.

Data Types:   survey data


Sample:   Random sample.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


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Version History:

  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 9 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 9 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

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