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CBS News "48 Hours" Gun Poll, March 1989 (ICPSR 9233)

Principal Investigator(s): CBS News


This data collection is a nationwide survey of issues surrounding assault weapons. Topics covered include legislation regulating the importation, sale, and manufacture of assault weapons, the sale and use of handguns, and the National Rifle Association. Respondents also were asked to rate the performance of George Bush as president and to specify what they thought was the most important problem facing the country. Background information on respondents includes political party affiliation, sex, age, education, firearm ownership, and race.

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Study Description


CBS News. CBS News "48 Hours" Gun Poll, March 1989. ICPSR09233-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-04-03. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09233.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09233.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    assault weapons, Bush, George H.W., gun legislation, gun regulation, handguns, National Rifle Association, presidency, presidential performance, public opinion, weapons

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1989-03-15

Date of Collection:   

  • 1989-03-15

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.


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:

  • 2009-04-03 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.



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