CBS News Monthly Poll #2, September 1996 (ICPSR 4479)

Published: Apr 16, 2008

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This poll, fielded September 16-18, 1996, 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 Bill Clinton and his handling of the presidency and issues such as foreign policy and illegal drug use. A series of questions addressed the 1996 presidential election, including how much attention respondents were paying to the election, for whom they would vote, which candidate they thought would win in the November election regardless of whom they were voting for, and which candidate would be better at reducing crime and drug use. Opinions were solicited on presidential candidates Bill Clinton, Bob Dole, and Ross Perot, vice presidential candidates Al Gore, Jack Kemp, and Pat Choate, the Democratic and Republican parties, and whether or not the United States was going in the right direction. Respondents were asked questions about Iraq and the Persian Gulf War and whether they favored sending ground troops and planes to Kuwait for an attack on Iraq. Views were sought on the Persian Gulf War, whether President Clinton explained the situation in Iraq well enough, and whether the United States should have continued fighting Iraq until Saddam Hussein was removed from power. Additional topics addressed the national economy, presidential debates, and illegal drug use. Demographic variables include sex, race, age, household income, education level, type of residential area (e.g., urban or rural), length of time living at current residence, political party affiliation, political philosophy, voter participation history and registration status, and whether respondents had a child entering high school in 1996.

CBS News. CBS News Monthly Poll #2, September 1996. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-04-16.

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1996-09-16 -- 1996-09-18

(1) The data available for download are not weighted, and users will need to weight the data prior to analysis. (2) The data and documentation for this study were acquired from the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research. (3) The variables AREA_CODE and EXCH_CODE were recoded for confidentiality. (4) Value labels for unknown codes were added in variables Q10 and Q13. (5) The original data file contained three records per case and was reformatted into a data file with one record per case. (6) Some questions were asked only of respondents who answered that they were registered to vote. Please refer to the data collection instrument for information on which variables were asked only of registered voters.

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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The data contains weight variables that should be used for analysis. The probable electorate can be accessed using the WEIGHT2 variable.


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