CBS News "" Internet and Stock Market Poll, September 1999

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • CBS News
Other Title
  • Version 3 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • CBS News/New York Times Poll Series
Publication Date
  • Abstract

    This special topic poll, fielded September 29-October 3, 1999, queried respondents on their attitudes regarding the Internet and the stock market. Through a telephone survey, respondents were asked a series of questions about their awareness of, access to, understanding of, and usage of computers, electronic mail, the Internet, and online services. Those queried were asked whether their contact with this technology was limited or extensive and for work or personal use, whether computers and the Internet created or solved problems, whether the Internet had an adverse effect on interpersonal communication, and whether the Internet was important to work and personal productivity. A series of questions probed for respondents' experiences using the Internet to obtain the latest financial and sports news, product information, and travel information, to purchase products or travel tickets, to make hotel reservations, and to search and/or apply for a job. Respondents were asked about their knowledge of and experiences with the websites and online services of E-bay,, E-trade,,, Yahoo,, and Respondents were also queried about stock market investments and the Internet, including whether they had bought or traded stocks through the Internet, how frequently they checked their investments through online services, and whether they owned stock in Internet companies. Further questions focused on the future of the stock market, extending the stock market trading day to 24 hours, day traders' knowledge of the stock market and their influence on it, whether many people are getting rich off the Internet, purchasing holiday gifts online, and the possibility of year 2000 (Y2K) computer-related problems. Respondent views were also sought on the upcoming 2000 presidential election, including the Democratic and Republican primaries/caucuses. Respondents were asked for whom they intend to vote: Vice President Al Gore, former New Jersey senator Bill Bradley, Texas governor George W. Bush, Arizona senator John McCain, publisher Steve Forbes, conservative commentator Pat Buchanan, Family Research Council President Gary Bauer, talk show host Alan Keyes, Utah senator Orrin Hatch, or former American Red Cross president Elizabeth Dole. The results of this survey were announced on the CBS website Background information on respondents includes age, sex, race, Hispanic descent, political party, political orientation, voter registration and participation history, education, religion, marital status, employment status, age of children in household, and family income.
  • Methods

    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..
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    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1999-09-29 / 1999-10-03
    Time period: 1999-09-29--1999-10-03
Collection Mode
  • (1) This collection has not been processed by ICPSR staff. ICPSR is distributing the data and documentation for this collection in essentially the same form in which they were received. When appropriate, hardcopy documentation has been converted to machine-readable form and variables have been recoded to ensure respondents' anonymity. (2) The codebook is provided 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 the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided through the ICPSR Website on the Internet.

    The ASCII data file may have been replaced if the previous version was formatted with multiple records per case. A frequency file, which contains the authoritative column locations, has been added to the collection.

2009-07-28 Minor edits were made to the frequency file cover.2009-07-22 As part of an automated retrofit of some studies in the holdings, ICPSR created the full data product suite for this collection. Note that the ASCII data file may have been replaced if the previous version was formatted with multiple records per case. A frequency file, which contains the authoritative column locations, has also been added.
This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 2850 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR02850.v2

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15