CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll, June 1992 (ICPSR 6079)

Published: Oct 11, 1993

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

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This poll 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 comment on what they thought was the most important problem facing the country, and to give their approval rating of George Bush with respect to his handling of the presidency, foreign policy, and the economy. Questions were also posed regarding respondents' vote intentions for the 1992 presidential election, their opinions of potential 1992 presidential candidates, the likelihood of their voting in either a Republican or Democratic presidential primary or caucus, their candidate preferences for the Democratic and Republican presidential nominations, and issues presidential candidates should emphasize. Respondents were asked about the amount of attention they had paid to the 1992 presidential campaign, policy development in the Bush Administration, how well the political system worked, and the necessity of political parties. Questions about Bush focused on how he handled the environment and relations with Russia, and his progress in improving education and reducing poverty. Additional questions about Bush dealt with whether he had kept his campaign promises, how he had dealt with illegal drugs, and how much improvement there had been in the country since his election in 1988. Respondents were asked how they felt about a woman's serving in a higher government position, abortion, the situation in Iraq, medical care, United States military intervention in trouble spots, family values, Social Security, balancing the budget, improving education, labor unions, and tax increases. Those surveyed were also asked about Ross Perot and his effect on the two-party system, aid to the former Soviet Union, the responsibility of the government to provide jobs, and the restriction of foreign imports. Additional questions pertained to the qualities of leadership demonstrated by Bush, Bill Clinton, and Perot, their stands on the issues, respondents' sources of news on the presidential candidates, whether they had ever watched call-in programs on television, and whether there was a connection between what a candidate says before an election and what he does after being elected. The poll also posed a series of questions about Elvis Presley and his fans. Background information on respondents includes sex, age, race, marital status, education, religious preference, employment status, family income, political orientation, and party preference.

CBS News, and The New York Times. CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll, June 1992. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1993-10-11.

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A weight variable has been included and must be used for any analysis.

A variation of random-digit dialing using Primary Sampling Units (PSUs) was employed, consisting of blocks of 100 telephone numbers identical through the eighth digit and stratified by geographic region, area code, and size of place. 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 telephones at home.

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