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CBS News "The Early Show" Poll, October 1999

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

    This special topic poll, fielded October 28-30, 1999, solicited public opinion on the presidency, the 2000 presidential race, and other national political issues. The results of the poll were announced on the CBS television program "The Early Show". Respondents were asked to give their opinions of the Bill Clinton presidency, whether Clinton accomplished most of what he set out to do as president, whether the country was a better place as a result of his presidency, what the greatest successes and greatest failures of his administration were, and whether the respondent's vote in the 2000 presidential election should be viewed as a referendum on the president's policies. Opinions were also solicited regarding the most important problems that the federal government should address in the coming year, who could be trusted more to balance the federal budget, Congress or the President, and the role that the incoming First Lady should play in policy-making. A series of questions dealt with the upcoming presidential election. Respondents were asked to give their opinions of Vice President Al Gore, Texas governor George W. Bush, former New Jersey senator Bill Bradley, and Arizona senator John McCain, and to comment on whom they would prefer as the nominee of their respective political parties, and how they would vote in various hypothetical match-ups. Each candidate was assessed in terms of having the right kind of experience and leadership qualities to be president, the ability to understand the complicated problems confronting a national leader, the ability to deal wisely with an international crisis, honesty, integrity, and concern for the needs and problems of people like the respondent. Opinions were also solicited on conservative commentator Pat Buchanan, developer Donald Trump, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, and New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Respondents were also asked whether they preferred that political candidates spend their time listening to what the voters have to say or explaining their positions to the voters, whether the candidates for president should be judged on both their political records and their personal lives, and how much attention respondents had paid to the presidential election campaign so far. Background information on respondents includes age, sex, race, education, religion, voter registration and participation history, political party, political orientation, Hispanic descent, marital status, computer access, 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
  • 1999-10-28 / 1999-10-30
    Time period: 1999-10-28--1999-10-30
Collection Mode
  • 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.

    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.

2009-04-29 As part of an automated retrofit of some studies in the holdings, ICPSR updated the frequency file for this collection to include the original question text.2009-04-22 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.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 2869 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR02869.v1

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 10 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

CBS News (2000): CBS News "The Early Show" Poll, October 1999. Archival Version. CBS News/New York Times Poll Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.