CBS News/New York Times Women's Health Poll, May 1997 (ICPSR 4490)

Published: May 30, 2008

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CBS News; The New York Times


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This special topic poll, fielded May 19-22, 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. The focus of this data collection was men's and women's health issues. Respondents were asked about health-related topics such as what they thought was the leading cause of death for women, the perceived differences in men's and women's health and their interactions with their doctors, what they thought were the most serious diseases or medical problems facing the country, and whether they thought the federal government spends more money researching health problems as they relate to men or more money researching health problems as they relate to women. Female respondents were polled on whether a doctor had ever discussed mammograms with them, whether they ever had a mammogram, how trustworthy, safe, and painful mammograms were, at which age women should begin getting mammograms, and how often they conducted breast self-examinations. All respondents were asked whether they tried alternative medicine, whether they had considered trying alternative medicine, and whether they would choose alternative medicine instead of traditional medicine. A series of questions were asked about the type of interactions respondents had with their doctors such as whether respondents felt intimidated by their doctors, how comfortable respondents felt asking their doctors a lot of questions, whether respondents thought their doctors spoke down to them, and whether respondents usually call their doctors by their first name. Respondent's views were also sought on other topics such as the respondent's state of health, menopause, and hormone replacement therapy. Demographic variables included sex, age, race, education level, employment status, presence of children and teenagers in the household, household income, marital status, political party affiliation, political philosophy, type of residential area (e.g., urban or rural), and religious preference.

CBS News, and The New York Times. CBS News/New York Times Women’s Health Poll, May 1997. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-05-30.

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1997-05-19 -- 1997-05-22

(1) ICPSR created a unique sequential record identifier variable named CASEID. (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 Q8, Q10, Q15 and Q77. (5) The original data file contained three records per case and was reformatted into a data file with one record per case. (6) The data available for download are not weighted, and users will need to weight the data prior to analysis.

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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