CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll #2 and Call-Back, October 1995 (ICPSR 6701)

Published: Jun 19, 2009

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 a range of political and social issues. Respondents were asked for their approval rating of President Bill Clinton, as well as their thoughts about the economy, foreign policy, abortion, possible welfare and Medicare cuts, and the budget deficit. Opinions were also solicited on Congress, Newt Gingrich, Bob Dole, and various other presidential candidates and political leaders. The call-back portion of the survey took place after Colin Powell's November 8, 1995, announcement that he would not run for president. Questions focused on respondents' opinions of Colin Powell, whether Powell should have run for the Republican nomination and whether he would have won, whether it would make a difference to respondents if Powell endorsed a candidate for president, whether Powell's decision not to run was based more on personal or on political reasons, and whether most Americans would be willing to vote for a qualified African-American candidate for president. Background information on respondents to the first survey includes voter registration status, political party, political orientation, education, age, sex, and race. Background information for call-back respondents consists of age within a given range.

CBS News, and The New York Times. CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll #2 and Call-Back, October 1995      . Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-06-19.

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1995-10 -- 1995-11

(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 through the ICPSR Website on the Internet.

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]). A total of 744 respondents from the initial sample were contacted for the call-back portion of the survey.

Adult population of the United States aged 18 and over having telephones at home.

telephone interviews

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1999-03-18 Missing pages from the initial questionnaire have been added to the PDF codebook.

2009-06-19 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.

2000-05-19 The variable "first name" was removed to further ensure the privacy of respondents.


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