CBS News/New York Times National Surveys, 1982 (ICPSR 9053)

Published: Jan 12, 2006

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


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This data collection is part of a continuing series of 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 of President Ronald Reagan and his handling of the presidency, foreign policy, and the economy, as well as their views on the Israeli-Lebanese conflict, El Salvador, and the Equal Rights Amendment. These national surveys were administered by telephone to one eligible respondent per household. The data are contained in seven files. Part 1, January 1982, includes data about the Reagan presidency and standard CBS demographic or background variables. Part 2, March 1982, contains questions on El Salvador and the policies of the Reagan Administration. Part 3, May 1982, contains questions on the nuclear freeze movement. Part 4, June 1982 (Part 1), contains a small set of background variables, and several questions about the Israeli-Lebanese conflict and Alexander Haig's resignation as Secretary of State. Part 5, June 1982 (All), contains data about the Equal Rights Amendment and women's movement. Part 6, September 1982, and Part 7, October 1982, are pre-election surveys and they include a number of questions relating to the forthcoming congressional elections, evaluation of the Reagan Administration's policies, the political parties, the impact of various issues on the elections, and the respondent's past voting behavior as well as current voting intentions. Information on demographic characteristics, such as age, sex, race, religion, income, and education, is available for each respondent.

CBS News, and The New York Times. CBS News/New York Times National Surveys, 1982. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-01-12.

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Each file contains weights, which must be used in any analysis. There are two sets of weights in the September and October surveys. The first is the standard demographic weight and the second was created by adjusting for probability of voting.

CBS News was the sole principal investigator for Parts 4 and 5. 2) The codebook is provided by ICPSR 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 Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.

It is recommended that Part 4, June 1982 (Part 1), and Part 5, June 1982 (All), not be combined for analysis.

Stratified, random-digit dialing with initial screening interviews to determine residential status before inclusion in the sample. Respondent selection within households was designed to control for sex and the relative age composition of the household.

Households with telephones in the coterminous United States.

telephone interviews

survey data



2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 8 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

1984-06-20 ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Standardized missing values.
  • Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


  • Data in this collection are available only to users at ICPSR member institutions.

  • The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented.
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