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CBS News Monthly Poll, November 2001

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
Afghanistan War; air transportation; anthrax; bin Laden, Osama; Bush, George W.; counterterrorism; international relations; military intervention; national economy; national security; political issues; presidency; public confidence; public opinion; social issues; terrorism; terrorist attacks; terrorist threat; travel
  • Abstract

    This poll 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 survey examined respondents' views about the war against terrorism and anthrax attacks, as well as respondents' feelings about flying. Those polled gave their opinions on the United States military campaign in Afghanistan, President George W. Bush's war against terrorism, and whether they thought life would be the same, better, or worse for the people of Afghanistan with the Northern Alliance in control of the capital. Respondents also expressed their views on the United States government's ability to capture Osama Bin Laden, to protect American citizens from future terrorist attacks, and to catch people who had been sending anthrax through the mail. The survey also queried respondents on eventual biological attacks and the differences between the way anthrax findings were handled in the Capitol building and in post offices. Other questions concentrated on respondents' feelings about flying and airport security. Respondents were asked whether they had traveled since September 11, whether they had cancelled any trips because of the terrorist attacks, whether they had plans to travel during Thanksgiving and Christmas, who should be responsible for airport security personnel, and the reason for the crash of American Airlines Flight 587 in New York City on November 12, 2001. Other questions examined respondents' opinions on the work of the United Nations, the national economy, and United States relations with Russia. Background information on respondents includes age, gender, education, race, religion, Hispanic descent, political party affiliation, political orientation, marital status, number of children in the household, and household 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..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 2001-11
  • 2001-11-13 / 2001-11-14
    Collection date: 2001-11-13--2001-11-14
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 version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 3377 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR03377.v1
  • McArdle, S.C., Rosoff, H., John, R.S.. The dynamics of evolving beliefs, concerns emotions, and behavioral avoidance following 9/11: A longitudinal analysis of representative archival samples. Risk Analysis.32, 744-761.2012.
    • ID: 10.1111/j.1539-6924.2012.01814.x (DOI)

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

CBS News (2002): CBS News Monthly Poll, November 2001. Archival Version. CBS News/New York Times Poll Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.