CBS News/New York Times Kosovo Poll, April 1999 (ICPSR 4492)

Published: Jul 2, 2008

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


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This special topic poll, fielded April 5-6, 1999, 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 the economy. Several questions asked how closely respondents followed foreign news, including the recent bombing of military targets in Yugoslavia by the United States and NATO forces. Respondents were asked whether they approved of the air strikes, their impressions of the conflict in Kosovo, the effect of the air strikes on the conflict and on the United States' relations with Russia, and the likelihood that the conflict would spread to neighboring countries. A series of questions addressed whether the United States should increase its military action in Yugoslavia, the expected number of United States casualties that would result, and whether military action should be restricted to reduce the number of casualties. Other questions addressed the importance of Serbia, Kosovo, and the countries of China, Poland, and South Africa to the United States' interests. Views were also sought on whether the United States had a moral responsibility to become involved in countries where widespread persecution of ethnic groups occurred and whether the United States was doing enough to help Albanian refugees. Information was also collected on whether respondents had access to a computer, Internet access, and e-mail, and whether they had a child graduating from high school in the class of 2000. Demographic variables include sex, race, age, marital status, household income, education level, political party affiliation, political philosophy, voter participation history and registration status, the presence of children and teenagers in the household, and type of residential area (e.g., urban or rural).

CBS News, and The New York Times. CBS News/New York Times Kosovo Poll, April 1999. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-07-02.

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1999-04-05 -- 1999-04-06

(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) Value labels for unknown codes were added in variables USEPHONE and RELGPREF. (4) The variable AREACODE was recoded for confidentiality. (5) The original data file contained three records per case and was reformatted into a data file with one record per case. (6) ICPSR created a unique sequential record identifier variable named CASEID.

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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