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CBS News/Black Entertainment Television (BET) Monthly Poll, July 2004 (ICPSR 4154)

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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 -- all Blacks/African Americans -- were asked to give their opinions on the 2004 presidential campaign and the candidates, the way the Bush administration was handling certain issues, and the war in Iraq. Questions were asked regarding respondents' confidence that their votes would be accurately counted, whether there was a deliberate attempt to prevent African Americans from voting or having their votes properly counted, how the voting problems reported in Florida in the 2000 presidential election would affect voter turnout, and which candidate had more 'soul'. Respondents were also asked about various issues facing the country, such as how to provide African Americans with more jobs, the best way to help more African Americans go to college, and whether the United States should intervene when crises occur in Africa. Additional questions queried respondents' health behavior, exercise patterns, experiences with low carbohydrate diets, and attitudes toward reinstating the military draft. Background information includes voter registration status, sex, religious preference, education, age, ethnicity, and income.

Series: CBS News/New York Times Poll Series

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Study Description


CBS News, and Black Entertainment Television (BET). CBS News/Black Entertainment Television (BET) Monthly Poll, July 2004. ICPSR04154-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2005.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   Affirmative Action, African Americans, Buchanan, Pat, Bush Administration (George W., 2001-2009), Bush, George W., campaign issues, capital punishment, church attendance, community health, crime, crisis intervention, Democratic Party (USA), diet, drugs, eating habits, education, educational vouchers, employment, exercise, financial support, Gore, Al, health, health behavior, health care, homosexual relationships, Iraq War, jobs, Kerry, John, marital status, military draft, military families, minority voters, Nader, Ralph, nutrition, obesity, physical fitness, political affiliation, political ethics, presidential campaigns, presidential elections, presidential performance, public approval, public confidence, public opinion, race, religion, Republican Party (USA), school choice, sentencing guidelines, stress, taxes, unemployment, vote count, voter fraud, voter registration, voter turnout, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 2004-07

Date of Collection:  

  • 2004-07-06--2004-07-15

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

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The data contain weight variables that should be used for 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


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