CBS News Monthly Poll #2, January 1998 (ICPSR 2452)

Published: Feb 8, 2011

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This poll, conducted, January 13, 1998, 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. This particular poll focused on the recent Scottish scientists' cloning of a sheep named "Dolly". Respondents were asked for their opinions on the cloning of animals, the cloning of human beings, whether the federal government should outlaw cloning, and American physicist Richard Seed's expressed desire to experiment with the cloning of humans. Those queried were asked if they would like to clone themselves. In addition, respondents were asked which of the following celebrities they felt were worthy of cloning: basketball star Michael Jordan, Pope John Paul II, singer Frank Sinatra, First Lady Hillary Clinton, comedian Jerry Seinfeld, talk show host Oprah Winfrey, comedian Johnny Carson, actor Jack Nicholson, Reverend Jesse Jackson, and talk show host Kathie Lee Gifford. Background variables on respondents include age, race, ethnicity, education, family income, political party, political orientation, religion, sex, and age of children in household.

CBS News. CBS News Monthly Poll #2, January 1998  . Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-02-08.

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Value labels for unknown codes were added in variable Q4.

To preserve respondent confidentiality, codes in variables AREACODE, EXCHANGE, and LASTFOUR have been replaced with blank codes.

This data collection was produced by CBS News, New York, NY.

The data available for download are not weighted and users will need to weight the data prior to analysis.

Households were selected by random-digit dialing. Within households, the respondent selected was the adult living in the household who last had a birthday and who was home at the time of the interview.

Persons aged 18 and over living in households with landline telephones in the United States.


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telephone interview



2010-03-26 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.

1998-08-18 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.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

2011-02-08 Respondent names were removed from the data file.

The data contain a weight variable, WEIGHT, that should be used in analyzing the data.


  • Data in this collection are available only to users at ICPSR member institutions.

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