CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll, December 2001

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • CBS News
  • The New York Times
Other Title
  • Version 3 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • CBS News/New York Times Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
Afghanistan War; Ashcroft, John; economic conditions; foreign policy; military intervention; national economy; presidential performance; public opinion; September 11 attack; terrorism; terrorist attacks; terrorist prosecutions; terrorist threat
  • 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 changes made by the Bush administration since the terrorist attacks of September 11th in the way government agencies seek, investigate, and prosecute suspected criminals and, in particular, suspected terrorists. Those polled gave their opinions on the ways in which people suspected of involvement in the terrorist attacks against the United States should be dealt with, public and military court procedures, immigration, civil liberties, and constitutional rights. Respondents also expressed their views on the military campaign led by the United States in Afghanistan, United States humanitarian aid to Afghanistan and the ability of the United States government to capture Osama Bin Laden and protect its citizens from future terrorist attacks. The survey also queried respondents on the most important problems for the government, the condition of the national economy, layoff expectations, the situation in the Middle East, President Bush's handling of the campaign against terrorism, foreign policy, and the economy, and the way Congress was handling its job. Those polled were asked which party was more likely to make the right decisions in terms of protecting people's rights and dealing with terrorism. Respondents also gave their opinions of Attorney General John Achcroft, indicated whether they would support a possible United States attack against Iraq, and commented on whether they were going to spend more or less money on gifts during the holiday season. Background information on respondents includes age, gender, education, religion, race, 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
  • 2001-12-07 / 2001-12-10
    Time period: 2001-12-07--2001-12-10
  • 2001-12-07 / 2001-12-10
    Collection date: 2001-12-07--2001-12-10
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
  • 3379 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
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Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15