CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll, December 1994 (ICPSR 6615)

Published: Oct 6, 2010

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 give their opinions on Bill Clinton and his handling of his job as president, foreign policy, welfare, and the economy. They were also asked to identify the most important thing Republicans in Congress should concentrate on and the United States' most important economic partner and diplomatic partner in the next century. Specific questions on welfare included whether the respondent was willing to pay more in taxes to provide job training and public service for people on welfare, what is to blame when people are poor, whether there were jobs available for welfare recipients, whether these jobs paid enough to support a family, and whether the government should create work programs for people on welfare. Respondents were asked to describe the relations between Japan and the United States today and to comment on whether overall relations would get better or worse in the next few years. Specific questions on Japan included whether the respondent believed that most Japanese respect Americans, whether Japan would be an ally that the United States could depend on, whether Japanese companies were competing unfairly with American companies, and which country--Japan or the United States--was better able to develop new technology and make more technologically-advanced consumer products. Other topics included respondents' opinions on the federal budget, prayer in school, and whether Japan or Germany should be admitted into the United Nations Security Council. 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, December 1994        . Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2010-10-06.

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1994-12-06 -- 1994-12-09

(1) A weight variable has been included and must be used for any analysis. (2) 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

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2010-10-06 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.

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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