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CBS News Iraq Poll, September 1990 (ICPSR 9613)

Principal Investigator(s): CBS News


This survey focused on issues related to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait. Respondents were asked whether they approved or disapproved of President Bush's handling of the situation, whether the United States did the right thing by sending troops to Saudi Arabia, and whether the United States' purpose in sending troops was mainly to stop an Iraqi invasion of Saudi Arabia or to protect the supply of oil to the United States. Respondents were also asked whether they favored or opposed the enforcing of an economic blockade of all goods to Iraq, whether they would favor or oppose such a blockade even if Western hostages in Iraq went without food and medicine, whether they would favor or oppose a blockade of all goods except food and medicine, and whether they would favor or oppose the United States invading Kuwait if an embargo failed to convince Saddam Hussein to withdraw. In addition, respondents were asked how long they expected United States troops to remain in the Persian Gulf area and whether they anticipated that the United States military would fight Iraq or that the situation would be resolved without fighting. Respondents also commented on whether they would favor or oppose an attempt by Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to mediate the crisis, and whether President Bush should tape a message for Iraqi television in response to Saddam Hussein's offer to broadcast such a message. Background information on respondents includes political alignment, education, age, race, sex, number of adults at home, and state/region of residence.

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Study Description


CBS News. CBS News Iraq Poll, September 1990. ICPSR09613-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-04-03. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09613.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09613.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Bush Administration (1989-1993), Bush, George H.W., diplomacy, economic sanctions, foreign policy, foreign relations, Gorbachev, Mikhail, Hussein, Saddam, international relations, invasion, Iraq, military intervention, oil imports, presidential performance, public opinion

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1990-09-10

Date of Collection:   

  • 1990-09-10

Universe:    Adult population of the United States aged 18 and over.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

A weight variable is included that must be used in any analysis. Telephone exchanges and numbers have been recoded to "999" for reasons of confidentiality.


Sample:    Stratified random digit dialing. 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

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:

  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.


Original ICPSR Release:   1992-05-12

Version History:

  • 2009-04-03 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.



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