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CBS News Monthly Poll, August 2005 (ICPSR 4398)

Principal Investigator(s): CBS News


This poll, conducted August 29-31, 2005, 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 President George W. Bush and his handling of the presidency and issues such as the economy and Hurricane Katrina. A series of questions focused on the effects of the recent rise in gasoline and oil prices, who or what was responsible, whether prices were expected to rise in coming months, and whether higher gasoline prices would change their travel plans, driving habits, future car purchases, or lead to household spending cuts. Questions involving the war in Iraq included whether it was worth the costs, whether President Bush was accurately describing the situation in Iraq, what the possible effects of a withdrawal of United States troops would be, and what was the likelihood that Iraq would become a stable democracy. Views were also sought on Supreme Court nominee John Roberts, including how important it was that the United States Senate understood his position on issues such as abortion before confirming his appointment, whether the Republican and Democratic parties would be able to work together to conduct a fair and non-partisan confirmation hearing, and whether he would be confirmed. Additional topics addressed airport security, the success of the United States' war against terrorism, Cindy Sheehan (the peace activist who camped outside President Bush's ranch in Texas), and how often respondents watched network television news programs. Demographic variables include sex, age, race, marital status, education level, household income, political party affiliation, political philosophy, religious preference, voter registration status, for whom the respondent voted in the 2004 presidential election, whether there were college students and children under 18 living in the household, and whether the respondent or a family member was currently in the United States armed forces.

Series: CBS News/New York Times Poll Series

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Study Description


CBS News. CBS NEWS MONTHLY POLL, AUGUST 2005. ICPSR04398-v1. New York, NY: CBS News [producer], 2005. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-01-24. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04398.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04398.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    airport security, Bush, George W., confirmation hearings, consumer behavior, consumer expenditures, driving habits, gasoline prices, Iraq war, oil prices, OPEC, presidency, public opinion, Roberts, John, Sheehan, Cindy, Supreme Court nominations, television news, terrorism, terrorist threat, United States Senate, United States Supreme Court

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2005-08

Date of Collection:   

  • 2005-08-29--2005-08-31

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    Persons aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in the contiguous 48 United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

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


Sample:    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.

Weight:    The data contain a weight variable (WGHT) that should be used in analyzing the data.

Mode of Data Collection:    telephone interview


Original ICPSR Release:   2007-01-24



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