CBS News Education Poll, June 1990 (ICPSR 4475)

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This poll, fielded May 30-June 2, 1990, 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. The focus of this data collection was the educational system in the United States. Respondents were asked to list the most important problems facing the country, and were then asked whether President George H.W. Bush had made any progress in improving education and whether they trusted him to make the right decisions regarding this issue. A series of questions addressed the federal government's spending on education and its involvement in local schools, which country the respondent thought did the best job of educating its children, and what single change would bring about the greatest improvement in the American education system. Respondents rated the public schools in their community and commented on the most important problems the schools were facing, the quality of local teachers, whether teachers were respected and paid well enough, and whether the respondent would be willing to pay more taxes to support local schools. Additional topics addressed the basic responsibilities of elementary and high schools, the best ways to evaluate children's progress in school, and whether proposed changes would help or hurt the education of students. Other questions asked respondents about their own educational experiences, and what career they would choose for their child. Respondents who had children currently attending elementary or high school were asked about the type of school their children attended, the frequency and type of interaction they had with their children's teachers, the amount of time spent helping their child with homework, their familiarity with their children's textbooks, and whether they would be willing to run for local school board. Demographic information includes age, race, sex, education level, household income, and political party affiliation.

CBS News. CBS News Education Poll, June 1990. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-04-15.

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1990-05-30 -- 1990-06-02
(1) These data have not been processed by ICPSR staff and are being released in essentially the same format as they were received. (2) The data available for download are not weighted, and users will need to weight the data prior to analysis. (3) Some of the values in the weight variable contain embedded blanks or are otherwise unusable. Please use caution when using the weight variable. (4) The data and documentation for this study were acquired from the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research.

Stratified random digit dialing. 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 EDUCATION POLL, JUNE 1990. ICPSR04475-v1. New York, NY: CBS News [producer], 1990. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-04-15.

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