CBS News Monthly Poll #3, October 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
Buchanan, Pat; Bush, George W.; Cheney, Dick; federal budget surplus; Gore, Al; gun regulation; Lieberman, Joseph; military expenditures; Nader, Ralph; national defense; political issues; presidency; presidential candidates; presidential elections; presidential performance; public opinion; social issues; taxes; trust in government; voter preferences
  • Abstract

    This poll, conducted October 29-31, 2000, is part of a continuing series of surveys that solicit public opinion on the presidency and on a range of other political and social issues. The study was conducted to assess respondents' interest in and opinions about the 2000 presidential election. Respondents were asked whether they intended to vote in the upcoming presidential election on November 7, 2000, and for whom they would vote if the election were held on the day of the survey, given a choice among the following candidates: Vice President Al Gore and Connecticut senator Joe Lieberman (Democratic Party), Texas governor George W. Bush and former Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney (Republican Party), conservative commentator Pat Buchanan (Reform Party), and consumer advocate Ralph Nader (Green Party). Respondents were asked to give their opinions of Gore and his job performance as vice president, Bush and his job performance as governor of Texas, Cheney, Lieberman, Buchanan, and Nader. Nader supporters were asked whether they would consider changing their vote in support of Gore, if they thought the presidential race was extremely close in their state. Views were sought on how intelligent Gore and Bush were, as well as whether either was prepared for the demands of the presidency. Additional topics covered the fairness of the current income tax system, whether military and defense spending should increase, whether laws governing the sale of handguns should be stricter, whether a smaller government with fewer services is preferable to a larger government with more services, the importance of the outcome of the presidential election, whether the government in Washington, DC, could be trusted, how the budget surplus should be spent, whether it was preferable to have a president and Congress from different political parties, the most important problem facing the country, and whether respondents saw their vote as a vote for or against the presidency of Bill Clinton, or neither. Background information on respondents includes age, gender, education, religion, political party, political orientation, voter registration and participation history, race, Hispanic descent, children in household, years in community, and household income.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 2000-10
  • 2000-10-29 / 2000-10-31
    Collection date: 2000-10-29--2000-10-31
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Adult population of the United States aged 18 and over having telephones at home.
A variation of random-digit dialing using primary sampling units (PSUs) was employed, consisting of blocks of 100 telephone numbers identical through the eighth digit and stratified by geographic region, area code, and size of place. 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).
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 3225 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR03225.v1

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