CBS News/New York Times Polls, 1977-1978 (ICPSR 7818)

Published: Jan 12, 2006

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


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This study 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. With the exception of Part 8, June 1978 Poll -- California Sample, (for which there was no national sample), each data file in this collection represents a distinct nationwide survey that was conducted during 1977-1978. Approximately 1,000-1,500 randomly selected adults were surveyed by telephone in each poll. Respondents were asked to give their opinions of President Jimmy Carter and his handling of the presidency, foreign affairs, and the economy, as well as their views on a range of current social and economic issues such as crime, police behavior, discrimination, and working women. In addition, the July 1977 Energy Poll (Part 3) focused specifically on energy problems, exploring respondents' perceptions of the seriousness of energy shortages and who or what may have been responsible, their reactions to President Carter's proposals calling for conservation and sacrifice, and whether or not their own energy usage behavior was likely to change, particularly with regard to home heating and automobile use. The October 1977 Poll (Part 4) covered topics such as the Panama Canal treaty, the ongoing conflict in the Middle East, changing lifestyles, and the impact of the women's movement on family life. The February 1978 Poll (Part 6) dealt with the attitudes of Blacks and Whites on racial issues. Topics covered included police harassment, urban poverty, racial disturbances, segregation in neighborhoods and schools, and the portrayal of Black Americans on television. In addition to asking respondents about the efforts of Egypt and Israel to negotiate a peace agreement, the April 1978 Poll (Part 7) also covered current national issues such as inflation, unemployment, energy prices, and personal savings. California's Proposition 13 was the primary subject of the poll in Part 8, June 1978 Poll -- California Sample. Other topics included arms limitation talks between the United States and the Soviet Union, and United States' potential intervention in Africa. Background information on respondents includes voter participation history, political party affiliation, political orientation, age, sex, race, religion, education, employment, household income, and participation in labor unions.

CBS News, and The New York Times. CBS News/New York Times Polls, 1977-1978. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-01-12.

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abortion   Affirmative Action   African Americans   Arab Israeli conflict   automobile use   automobiles   Begin, Menachem   capital punishment   carpools   Carter Administration (1977-1981)   Carter, Jimmy   consumer attitudes   consumer behavior   crime rates   deterrence   discrimination   driving habits   energy conservation   energy crises   energy production   energy shortages   environemntal protection   foreign aid   foreign policy   gasoline prices   gasoline rationing   inflation   juvenile offenders   Middle East   nuclear energy   oil imports   police misconduct   political attitudes   property taxes   Proposition 13 (California)   public opinion   public transportation   race relations   racial attitudes   racial discrimination   racial tensions   Sadat, Anwar   taxes   unemployment   urban poverty   womens movement   working women

1977 -- 1978

1977 -- 1978

Random sample.

Adults living in the United States with telephones.

telephone interviews

survey data



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