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CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll #3, April 2002

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
Arab Israeli conflict; Bush, George W.; capital punishment; Catholic Church; Catholic priests; foreign policy; homosexuality; Israeli Palestinian conflict; Middle East; Pope John Paul II; presidency; presidential performance; public opinion; September 11 attack; sexual abuse; social issues
  • 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 how President George W. Bush and his handling of the presidency and the conflict between Israel and Palestine, as well as their views of Pope John Paul II and Cardinal Bernard Law. Those polled were asked whether they believed it was the responsibility of the United States to establish peace in the Middle East, and whether the United States should publicly support Israel. A series of questions addressed allegations against the Catholic Church of sexual abuse of children. Topics covered the Vatican's handling of the charges, who respondents believed should decide what is done with accused priests, and whether church leaders should be held responsible for the way they handled the allegations. Respondents were asked how often their religious beliefs guided their everyday choices, whether the Pope had too much or too little control over the Catholic Church, and their views on abortion. Respondents were asked whether they believed the Catholic Church was in touch with their needs, whether women should be ordained as priests, and about the prevalence of homosexuality among priests. Additional topics sought respondents' views on the death penalty and whether they had changed their travel plans in response to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Background information includes age, gender, race, religion, education, political party, 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: 2002-04
  • 2002-04-15 / 2002-04-18
    Collection date: 2002-04-15--2002-04-18
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Adult population of the United States aged 18 and over having a telephone 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
  • 3694 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR03694.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; The New York Times (2003): CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll #3, April 2002. Version 3. CBS News/New York Times Poll Series. Version: v3. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.