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CBS News/New York Times National Surveys, 1981 (ICPSR 7991)

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


These polls are part of a continuing series of surveys that solicit public opinion on the presidency and on a range of other social and political issues. Respondents were asked to give their opinions of President Ronald Reagan and his handling of the presidency, foreign policy, and the economy. Each file contains a set of unique questions pertaining to broader social issues, such as childrearing and victimization. These national surveys were administered by telephone to respondents selected from eligible household members. In Part 1, January 1981, respondents were asked for their views on President Reagan's likely performance as President with respect to economic and foreign affairs, the release of hostages from Iran, the federal budget, and whether funding should be increased or decreased for certain federal programs. Questions about busing to achieve school integration were also included. For Part 2, April 1981, respondents were asked to evaluate President Reagan's current and future performances in economic and foreign affairs. They were also asked about tax cuts, the federal budget, women's rights, El Salvador, Poland, handguns, and Japanese cars. For Part 3, June 1981, respondents were asked to evaluate Reagan's performance as president, and to comment on their general life satisfaction, their confidence in government institutions, their views on crime, whether they voted in the 1980 presidential election, Social Security revisions, and several issues regarding foreign affairs, including military rule in Poland. In Part 4, June 1981, Social Security, respondents gave their views on the Social Security system and how proposed changes affected them. Respondents were also queried for their views on childrearing, punishment of juvenile crime, and who should have custody of children in divorce situations. For Part 5, September 1981, respondents evaluated President Reagan's performance in economic and foreign affairs, and also provided their opinions on environment issues and on various economic proposals, including the Reagan administration's proposed tax cut.

Series: CBS News/New York Times Poll Series

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  January 1981 - Download All Files (11.708 MB)
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DS2:  April 1981 - Download All Files (11.735 MB)
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DS3:  June 1981 - Download All Files (11.714 MB)
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DS4:  June 1981, Social Security - Download All Files (11.594 MB)
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DS5:  September 1981 - Download All Files (11.692 MB)
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Study Description


CBS News/The New York Times. CBS News/New York Times National Surveys, 1981. ICPSR07991-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1983. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07991.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07991.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    arms race, automobile industry, child custody, child rearing, economic issues, environmental attitudes, fear of crime, federal budget, foreign policy, government spending, gun control, Iran hostage crisis, juvenile crime, life satisfaction, political expectations, presidential performance, public approval, public opinion, Reagan, Ronald, Reaganomics, school busing, school desegregation, social problems, Social Security, tax cuts, trust in government, victimization, voter history, womens rights

Geographic Coverage:    El Salvador, Global, Iran, Poland, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1981

Universe:    Households with telephones in the coterminous United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

This study contains a weight variable, which must be used in any analysis.


Sample:    Stratified, random-digit dialing with initial screening interviews to determine residential status before inclusion in the sample. Respondent selection within households was designed to control for sex and the relative age composition of the household.

Data Source:

telephone interviews

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Standardized missing values.
  • Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-06-20

Version History:

  • 2006-01-18 File CB7991.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.

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