CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll #2 and Callback, September 1994 (ICPSR 6608)

Published: Aug 4, 2000

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

Version V2

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. In addition to posing the standard monthly questions, these two surveys also contained items focusing on the crisis in Haiti. On September 18, before United States troops were sent to Haiti, 747 respondents were queried. The next day, 504 individuals were recontacted for the callback portion of the survey. Respondents were asked whether they approved of President Bill Clinton's handling of the situation in Haiti, whether the United States had a responsibility to do something to restore democracy in Haiti, and whether the United States should send troops or try to find a diplomatic solution to the crisis. Opinions were solicited on former President Jimmy Carter's role in the crisis and the extent of the role United States military troops should play in Haiti. Respondents were asked to evaluate various reasons for involvement in Haiti, such as stopping human rights abuses, aiding Haitian refugees, and ensuring political stability in the Caribbean, and whether these reasons were sufficient to risk American troops. Background information on respondents includes voter registration status, household composition, vote choice in the 1992 presidential election, political party, political orientation, education, age, sex, race, religious preference, and family income.

CBS News, and The New York Times. CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll #2 and Callback, September 1994  . Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2000-08-04.

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1994-09-18 -- 1994-09-19

(1) A weight variable has been included and must be used for any analysis. (2) Variables 63-81 are the questions asked of the respondents who were reinterviewed on September 19. (3) The codebook is provided as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Website.

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.

telephone interviews

survey data



2000-08-04 The codebook appendix file that clarifies codes for many of the standard demographic variables has been merged into the codebook. Also, the variable "first name" was removed to further ensure the privacy of respondents. In addition, the codebook is now available as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file.

1998-01-14 ICPSR created an appendix to the codebook to clarify codes for many of the standard demographic variables.


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