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CBS News/New York Times Campaign Fundraising/Movies Poll, April 1997 (ICPSR 4489)

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


This poll, conducted April 2-5, 1997, 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, his handling of the presidency, and other issues such as foreign policy, the economy, and campaign reform. A series of questions addressed respondents' knowledge of federal campaign finance laws and fundraising, including how much attention respondents were paying the Democratic fundraising activity, whether campaign practices of Republicans and/or Democrats needed to be investigated, and how important an issue campaign fundraising was to the nation. Opinions were solicited on Vice President Al Gore, first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, the United States Congress, the most important problems facing the country, and public financing to pay for political campaigns. A series of questions were also asked about the respondents' movie viewing preferences, such as if respondents prefer to view movies in their homes or at a theater, how many movies respondents saw at a movie theater within the last month, how many movies respondents rented in the past month, and viewing location preferences with certain types of movies. Respondents of this poll were also asked questions about their pets such as how much respondents would spend if their pets were terminally ill, whether respondents considered their pets human, and whether respondents would take major medical steps to save their terminally ill pet. Demographic variables include sex, race, age, marital status, household income, education level, type of residential area (e.g. urban or rural), presence of children and teenagers in the household, political party affiliation, voter participation history and registration status, and political philosophy.

Series: CBS News/New York Times Poll Series

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Study Description


CBS News/The New York Times. CBS NEWS/NEW YORK TIMES CAMPAIGN FUNDRAISING/MOVIES POLL, APRIL 1997. ICPSR04489-v1. New York, NY: CBS News [producer], 1997. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-05-22. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04489.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04489.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    campaign expenditures, campaign finance, campaign finance reform, Clinton Administration (1993-2001), Clinton, Bill, entertainment, foreign policy, fundraising, Gore, Al, income tax, national economy, political campaigns, presidential candidates, presidential debates, presidential elections, presidential performance, public opinion, recreation, tax returns, television viewing, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1997-04

Date of Collection:   

  • 1997-04-02--1997-04-05

Unit of Observation:    individual

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

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) The data and documentation for this study were acquired from the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research. (2) The variables AREACODE and EXCHANGE were recoded for confidentiality. (3) Value labels for unknown codes were added in variables Q48, Q50, and Q51. (4) The original data file contained three records per case and was reformatted into a data file with one record per case. (5) ICPSR created a unique sequential record identifier variable named CASEID.


Sample:    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).

Weight:    The data contains weight variables that should be used for analysis.

Mode of Data Collection:    telephone interview


Original ICPSR Release:   2008-05-22



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