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CBS News Monthly Poll, May 2001

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • CBS News
Other Title
  • Version 3 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • CBS News/New York Times Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
Bush, George W.; capital punishment; Cheney, Dick; energy policy; energy shortages; environmental issues; foreign policy; McVeigh, Timothy; national economy; Oklahoma City bombing; petroleum industry; political issues; presidency; presidential performance; public approval; public confidence; public opinion; social issues; United States Supreme Court
  • Abstract

    This poll is part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicit public opinion on the presidency and on a range of other political and social issues. Respondents were asked to give their opinions of President George W. Bush and his handling of the presidency, foreign policy, the economy, and the environment, as well as their views on the recent energy shortages and Timothy McVeigh's impending execution. Respondents also specified the single most important problem facing the government, gave their approval ratings of Vice President Dick Cheney and Congress, and gave their views on the national economy and whether it was getting better or worse, or staying the same. Those polled stated whether they supported or opposed the death penalty and if opposed, the reason why, the type of penalty that should be imposed for murder, whether the death penalty is a deterrent to murder, and how many innocent people they believed were executed. Respondents' level of confidence in the Supreme Court was elicited along with their opinions on whether the United States Senate or the President should appoint justices to the Supreme Court, and whether Bush's Supreme Court nominees would be too conservative, not conservative enough, or about right. Respondents were asked whether it was more important to produce energy or protect the environment, which option Bush favored, and which should be a higher priority for the government - increasing production of petroleum, coal, and natural gas, or encouraging conservation. Respondents also stated whether they would be willing to accept higher prices for electricity and gasoline to protect the environment and what effect an increase in gas prices to $3 per gallon would have on them. They were asked whether they approved of building more nuclear power plants to generate electricity and whether they believed that the energy shortages were real or whether the public was just being told there were shortages to justify higher prices. Questions were posed on whether the oil industry had too much influence on the Bush administration's energy policies and what effect this influence would have on the administration's energy policies. Respondents were also queried on Timothy McVeigh's impending execution--whether they favored the death penalty for McVeigh, what sentence they would prefer, who, if anyone, should be allowed to view his execution, and whether they would want to watch the execution. They rated the media's handling of the execution, including the amount of time they devoted to covering it. Respondents were asked to assign blame for the California power shortages, decide whether the state or federal government should take responsibility, and state how likely they believed that power shortages were in their area. Respondents also gave their opinions of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the issue of missing documents in Timothy McVeigh's case. Background information on respondents includes age, race, gender, religion, marital status, number of children, education, income classification, whether they had money invested in the stock market, voter status, and political leanings.
  • 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..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 2001-05-10 / 2001-05-12
    Time period: 2001-05-10--2001-05-12
  • 2001-05-10 / 2001-05-12
    Collection date: 2001-05-10--2001-05-12
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).
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, documentation has been converted to Portable Document Format (PDF), data files have been converted to non-platform-specific formats, 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.
This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 3350 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR03350.v2
  • Jacobson, Gary C.. Terror, terrain, and turnout: Explaining the 2002 midterm elections. Political Science Quarterly.118, (1), 1-22.2003.

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

CBS News (2002): CBS News Monthly Poll, May 2001. Version 3. CBS News/New York Times Poll Series. Version: v3. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.