CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll #4, October 2004 (ICPSR 4227)

Published: Nov 4, 2005

Principal Investigator(s):
CBS News; The New York Times


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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 were asked to give their opinions of the 2004 presidential campaign and the candidates, Republican incumbent George W. Bush and Democratic challenger Senator John Kerry. Specific questions addressed foreign policy, the state of the national economy, the war in Iraq, and terrorism/national security. Respondents were queried on their opinions of the October 13, 2004, presidential debate, each candidate's ability to handle the issues surrounding the election, each candidate's ability to deal with international crises, the respondents' United States congressperson's performance, for which party he or she would vote in the 2004 United States House of Representatives elections, and the performance of the United States Congress. Additional questions covered job changes in the community, family finances, method of voting in the November 2, 2004, election (e.g., absentee ballot, precinct polling place), level of confidence that state votes in the 2004 presidential election would be counted properly, and whether George W. Bush legitimately won the 2000 presidential election. Background information on respondents includes whether and for whom the respondent voted in the 2000 presidential election, whether and for which party -- Democratic Party or Republican Party -- the respondent voted in the 2002 United States House of Representatives election, the last year the respondent voted, the last year the respondent registered to vote, voter registration status, length of time living at current address, whether the respondent or someone in the household belongs to a labor union, military service, frequency of religious participation, political party affiliation, political ideology, age, education, Hispanic origin, ethnicity, marital status, parental/guardian status, income, urbanity, and sex.

CBS News, and The New York Times. CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll #4, October 2004. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2005-11-04.

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2004-10-14 -- 2004-10-17

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A variation of random-digit dialing using primary sampling units (PSUs) was employed. It consisted 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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