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CBS News Federal Government Poll, February 1989 (ICPSR 9231)

Principal Investigator(s): CBS News


This data collection focuses on the responsibilities of the United States federal government and various governmental assistance programs. Survey respondents were asked if the government should retrain those who have lost their jobs due to industry shutdowns, if government programs in the 1960s improved conditions for the poor, and if the respondent had needed government assistance in the form of a business loan, Social Security, or housing. Respondents also were asked if the federal government should be responsible for such things as helping people pay for college tuition and day care, requiring employers to provide health care for their employees, and helping people pay for nursing homes or other long-term care. Additional topics covered were the respondent's financial situation, college enrollment, home ownership, and mortgages. Background information on individuals includes party affiliation, age, marital status, sex, education, race, and income.

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Study Description


CBS News. CBS News Federal Government Poll, February 1989. ICPSR09231-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-04-24. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09231.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09231.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    day care services, demographic characteristics, displaced workers, education costs, federal government, health care costs, home ownership, housing, job loss, job training, loans, long term care, mortgages, nursing homes, personal finances, plant closings, poverty programs, public assistance programs, public opinion, Social Security

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1989-02-02--1989-02-05

Date of Collection:   

  • 1989-02-02--1989-02-05

Universe:    Adults aged 18 and over in the United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

This file contains a weight variable that must be used in any analysis. The data contain blanks, and telephone exchanges have been recoded to '999' for reasons of confidentiality.


Sample:    Stratified random digit dialing.

Data Source:

telephone interviews

Extent of Processing:   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:

  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.


Original ICPSR Release:   1990-05-01

Version History:

  • 2009-04-24 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.



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