CBS News Post Election Call-Back Poll, November 2000 (ICPSR 3236)

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This poll, conducted November 10-12, 2000, is a call-back poll following a poll conducted November 1-4, 2000. It is part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicit public opinion on the presidency and on a range of political and social issues. Views were sought on President Bill Clinton and his handling of the presidency and whether the country was going in the right or wrong direction. Prior to the 2000 presidential election, respondents were asked how much attention they paid to it, the likelihood that they would vote, whether their mind was made up, whom they would vote for (Democrat Al Gore, Republican George W. Bush, Reform Party candidate Pat Buchanan, or Green Party candidate Ralph Nader), who they expected to win, and whether it made a difference who was elected president. Opinions were solicited on George W. Bush and Al Gore, and the likelihood that each candidate would maintain a strong national economy, improve education, correctly handle an international crisis, preserve Social Security, and appoint pro-choice Supreme Court Justices. Questions were posed regarding how much respondents had heard or read about George W. Bush's 1976 drunk driving arrest, whether it would make a difference in their vote, and whether Bush should have made this information public earlier in his campaign. Following election day, respondents were polled on whether they had voted, which presidential candidate they had voted for, how closely they followed the election results, if the closeness of the election made them regret not voting or wish they had voted for another candidate, and the seriousness of the mistakes made by network television in reporting the election results. Several questions addressed whether the Electoral College should be kept or eliminated, whether the winner of the electoral vote or the popular vote had a more legitimate claim to the presidency, and whether a candidate who won the Electoral College vote but not the popular vote could effectively lead the country. Opinions were solicited on how George W. Bush and Al Gore were handling the uncertain outcome of the presidential election, whether either candidate was placing politics above the good of the country, whether Palm Beach County, Florida, should have a re-vote, how confident respondents were that their own votes were counted properly, and whether the country's uncertainty over its next president was a serious problem. Background variables include sex, age, ethnicity, length of residency, income, marital status, religion, education, labor union membership, number of telephone lines, whether they were children in the household, political orientation, political party affiliation, and voter registration and participation history.

CBS News. CBS News Post Election Call-Back Poll, November 2000  . Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2005-02-18.

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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).

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

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2018-02-15 The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented. The previous citation was:
  • CBS News. CBS NEWS POST ELECTION CALL-BACK POLL, NOVEMBER 2000. ICPSR version. New York, NY: CBS News [producer], 2000. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2004.


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