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CBS News "Class of 2000" Poll, December 1998 (ICPSR 2671)

Principal Investigator(s): CBS News


This special topic poll, fielded December 4-12, 1998, queried members of the high school graduating class of 2000 on various topics. Respondents were asked a series of questions about their post-high school plans, including college, job opportunities, and their anticipated quality of life compared to that of their parent(s). A series of questions addressed race relations in the United States, in respondents' communities, and in their high schools. Topics covered affirmative action laws, interracial dating, racial prejudice, and whether the respondent or family members had made racist remarks. Similar questions dealt with homosexuality, including whether laws were necessary to protect homosexuals, how respondents viewed the treatment of and prejudice against homosexuals, and whether the respondent or family members had made disparaging remarks about homosexuals. Additional topics covered AIDS, lying, cheating, shoplifting, tobacco use, marijuana use, alcohol use, premarital sex, teenage pregnancy, abortion, computer and Internet access, dieting, self-image, and suicide. Background information on respondents includes age, race, sex, education, religion, counseling/therapy history, extracurricular activity involvement, employment status, number of siblings, parent(s)' employment and marital status, living arrangements, demographics of friends, and public/private school attendance.

Series: CBS News/New York Times Poll Series

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  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.


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Study Description


CBS News. CBS News "Class of 2000" Poll, December 1998 . ICPSR02671-v3. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-07-28. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02671.v3

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02671.v3

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    abortion, Affirmative Action, drug use, high school graduates, homosexuality, prejudice, premarital sex, race relations, racial attitudes, racism, quality of life, self concept, teenage pregnancies

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Data Collection Notes:

This collection has not been processed by ICPSR staff. ICPSR is distributing the data and documentation for this collection in essentially the same form in which they were received. When appropriate, hardcopy documentation has been converted to machine-readable form and variables have been recoded to ensure respondents' anonymity.

The ASCII data file may have been replaced if the previous version was formatted with multiple records per case. A frequency file, which contains the authoritative column locations, has been added to the collection.


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:   1999-03-25

Version History:

  • 2009-07-28 Minor edits were made to the frequency file cover.
  • 2009-07-22 As part of an automated retrofit of some studies in the holdings, ICPSR created the full data product suite for this collection. Note that the ASCII data file may have been replaced if the previous version was formatted with multiple records per case. A frequency file, which contains the authoritative column locations, has also been added.



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