This study is provided by ICPSR. ICPSR provides leadership and training in data access, curation, and methods of analysis for a diverse and expanding social science research community.

CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll, March 1991 (ICPSR 9621)

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


This data collection is part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that evaluate the Bush presidency and solicit opinions on a variety of political and social issues. Demographic information collected includes sex, age, race, education, family members serving in the Armed Forces in the Persian Gulf, family income, religion, ethnicity, political orientation, party preference, and voting behavior. Issues addressed in this survey include Bush's handling of the economy and foreign policy, how things were going in the United States compared with five years ago and what the situation would be five years from now, whether the country was heading in the right direction, the most important problem facing the country, and the political party that could best handle it. Respondents were also asked for their opinions of various public figures including Dan Quayle, Norman Schwarzkopf, and Dick Cheney. Other questions concerned whether the United States was in decline as a world power, the trustworthiness of the government and military, the country that will be the number one economic power in the world in the next century, and what the future holds for the next generation of Americans. The survey also posed a series of questions pertaining to the likelihood and appropriateness of future military intervention elsewhere by the United States now that the Persian Gulf War was over, sympathy for Israel vs. sympathy for Arab nations, the economic recession, the homeless, the drug problem, education, the environment, comparison of the Democratic vs. Republican parties on a variety of topics, voting for congressmen based on whether they voted to authorize war or continue economic sanctions, reducing the federal budget deficit, comparison of the technological advancement of the United States and Japan, and the likelihood of voting for George Bush or the Democratic candidate in 1992.

Access Notes

  • One or more data files in this study are set up in a non-standard format, such as card image format. Users may need help converting these files before they can be used for analysis.

  • Data in this collection are available only to users at ICPSR member institutions. Please log in so we can determine if you are with a member institution and have access to these data files.


Dataset - Download All Files (0.507 MB)
ASCII + SAS Setup    SPSS Setup    Stata Setup   

Study Description


CBS News, and The New York Times. CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll, March 1991. ICPSR09621-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-02-07. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09621.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09621.v2

Export Citation:

  • RIS (generic format for RefWorks, EndNote, etc.)
  • EndNote XML (EndNote X4.0.1 or higher)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Bush Administration (1989-1993), Bush, George H.W., Cheney, Dick, demographic characteristics, drug abuse, economic sanctions, education, environment, federal budget deficit, foreign policy, homeless persons, military intervention, national economy, party preferences, Persian Gulf War, political orientation, presidential performance, public opinion, Quayle, Dan, recession, Schwartzkopf, Norman, trends, voter attitudes, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1991-03-04--1991-03-06

Date of Collection:   

  • 1991-03-04--1991-03-06

Universe:    Adult population of the United States aged 18 and over.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

A weight variable is included that must be used in any analysis. Telephone exchanges, telephone numbers, and names of respondents have been recoded to "999" for reasons of confidentiality.


Sample:    Stratified random digit dialing. 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]).

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:   1992-05-12

Version History:

  • 2011-02-07 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.

Related Publications



Metadata Exports

If you're looking for collection-level metadata rather than an individual metadata record, please visit our Metadata Records page.

Download Statistics