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New York Times Women's Issues Poll, June 1989 (ICPSR 4503)

Principal Investigator(s): The New York Times


This special topic poll, fielded June 20-25, 1989, 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 the data collection was on women's issues in society. Respondents were asked whether they approved of the way George H.W. Bush was handling his job as president, what the most important problem facing the country, and whether President Bush was handling that problem well. Opinions were solicited on whether there were more advantages to being a man or a woman in society, what was the most important problem facing American women was, whether men's attitudes toward women had changed for the better in the past 20 years, and whether most men looked at women as equals. A series of questions asked about women's organizations, including whether they had been successful in trying to change the status of women in society, what should be the most important goal to work toward, and whether women's organizations had made any difference in the respondent's life. Respondents were asked questions about the women's movement, including whether the United States continued to need a strong women's movement, what the main obstacle was that women faced in trying to bring about change, whether the women's movement had made things harder for men at work or at home, and whether relationships between men and women were more honest and open than they used to be. Several questions asked which spouse stayed home with a sick child, how understanding the spouse's supervisor was during that time, whether employers are equally willing to give men and women workers with children flexible hours, how many women were getting ahead due to policies designed to advance women, and whether women had to give up too much in the past in exchange for more opportunities. Information was collected on the respondent's jobs and careers, including reasons for working, employment status, expectation of promotion, opinions on supervisors, expected age of retirement, and whether they were meeting the demands placed on them at work and at home equally. Additional topics included abortion, distribution of household chores and child care, spouse's employment status, whether the respondent's mother was employed outside of the home while the respondent was growing up, and environmental protection. Demographic variables include sex, race, age, marital status, whether respondents had any children in the household under 18, household income and personal household income contribution, education level, political party affiliation, and political philosophy.

Series: CBS News/New York Times Poll Series

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Study Description


New York Times. NEW YORK TIMES WOMEN'S ISSUES POLL, JUNE 1989. ICPSR04503-v1. New York, NY: CBS News [producer], 1989. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-08-15. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04503.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04503.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    abortion, attitudes, Bush, George H.W., child care, comparable worth, domestic responsibilities, dual career families, employment, environmental protection, family life, family work relationship, feminism, gender roles, housework, personal finances, public opinion, sex discrimination, sexism, social issues, women, womens movement, womens rights, working mothers, working women

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1989-06

Date of Collection:   

  • 1989-06-20--1989-06-25

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 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 the variables Q4 and KIDS5.(4) The original data file contained five records per case and was reformatted into a data file with one record per case.


Sample:    A national adult sample of 1,205 women and 472 men.

Weight:    The data contain a weight variable that should be used for analysis.

Mode of Data Collection:    telephone interview


Original ICPSR Release:   2008-08-14



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