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CBS News National Super Tuesday Poll, February 2004 (ICPSR 4014)

Principal Investigator(s): CBS News


This special topic poll, fielded February 24-27, 2004, is part of a continuing series of monthly polls that solicit public opinion on the presidency and on a range of other political and social issues. Views were sought on the 2004 presidential campaign prior to the upcoming presidential primaries held on Super Tuesday, March 2, 2004, as well as President George W. Bush and his handling of the presidency, foreign policy, the economy, the situation with Iraq, and the war against terrorism. Respondents were polled on how much attention they paid to the 2004 presidential campaign, whether they would vote for President Bush or a Democratic candidate, whom they expected to win, whether their mind was made up, what issue they most wanted candidates to discuss, and whether they planned to vote or had already voted in a Republican or Democratic primary or caucus. Opinions were solicited on Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader, as well as Democratic presidential candidates John Edwards, John Kerry, Dennis Kucinich, and Al Sharpton. Respondents were asked who the Democratic party should nominate as its presidential candidate, whether they preferred a candidate who supported more or less restrictions on foreign trade, whether a candidate's position on issues or ability to defeat Bush was most important in their choice, whether they had ever supported candidate Howard Dean, and their level of satisfaction if Kerry or Edwards won the nomination. Respondents also rated their level of confidence in the ability of Bush, Kerry, and Edwards to handle an international crisis, whether each cared about the needs and problems of people like the respondent, and whether their decisions were influenced by special interests. Several questions asked whether the result of the war with Iraq was worth the human and economic costs, whether the United States made the right decision in taking military action against Iraq, whether Iraq was a threat to the United States before the war, whether it had weapons of mass destruction, and how well the Bush administration assessed the threat of these weapons prior to the war. Additional topics addressed the condition of the national economy, the effect of the Bush administration's policies on the number of jobs available, whether respondents would support or oppose a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, and whether they would ever vote for a candidate who didn't share their views on gay marriage. Background variables include age, sex, ethnicity, marital status, education, religion, religiosity, household income, number of telephone lines in household, political party affiliation, political orientation, and voter registration and participation history.

Series: CBS News/New York Times Poll Series

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Study Description


CBS News. CBS News National Super Tuesday Poll, February 2004. ICPSR04014-v3. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-04-29. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04014.v3

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04014.v3

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    attitudes, Bush Administration (George W., 2001-2009), Bush, George W., campaign issues, Dean, Howard, Edwards, John, Iraq War, Kerry, John, Kucinich, Dennis, marriage, Nader, Ralph, national economy, political campaigns, presidency, presidential elections, presidential performance, primaries, public opinion, Sharpton, Al, social issues, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2004-02

Date of Collection:   

  • 2004-02-24--2004-02-27

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

Data Type(s):    survey data

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, documentation has been converted to Portable Document Format (PDF), data files have been converted to non-platform-specific formats, 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.


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

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.

Restrictions: This data collection may not be used for any purpose other than statistical reporting and analysis. Use of these data to learn the identity of any person or establishment is prohibited.


Original ICPSR Release:   2004-07-14

Version History:

  • 2009-04-29 As part of an automated retrofit of some studies in the holdings, ICPSR updated the frequency file for this collection to include the original question text.
  • 2009-04-22 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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