CBS News Year 2000 Poll, January 2000

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • CBS News
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • CBS News/New York Times Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
communications systems; prediction; twenty-first century
  • Abstract

    This special topic poll, fielded January 2, 2000, queried respondents on their attitudes regarding New Year's Eve and the year 2000. Those queried were asked how closely they had followed the preparations for December 31, 1999, whether they had been excited about the event, and what they did on that evening that was different from their usual observance of New Year's Eve. A series of questions addressed concerns about Y2K computer problems, including how respondents were affected by Y2K bugs, whether they worried that problems would occur, what actions they took to prepare for such problems, and who deserved praise for the fact that there were very few Y2K computer problems reported. Respondents' views on terrorism against Americans were also elicited, with questions on whether respondents feared terrorist attacks on New Year's Eve and whether they changed their plans because of those concerns, whether the United States government responded appropriately to threats of terrorism, who deserved credit for the lack of terrorist acts related to New Year's Eve, whether acts of terrorism would increase in the next century, and what the government could do to reduce threats against Americans. Background information on respondents includes age, sex, race, Hispanic descent, education, religion, marital status, political party, political orientation, age of children in household, family income, and computer and Internet access.
  • 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
  • Time period: 2000-01-02
  • Collection date: 2000-01-02
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
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.

2009-07-28 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.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 2918 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR02918.v1

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