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CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll #1, May 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
Arafat, Yasir; attitudes; Bush Administration (George W., 2001-2009); Catholic Church; Catholic priests; civil rights; cloning; constitutional amendments; foreign policy; information dissemination; military intervention; national economy; perceptions; presidency; presidential performance; public opinion; security; sexual abuse; terrorism; trade barriers; trade relations
  • 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, the campaign against terrorism, foreign policy, and the economy, as well as their impressions of John Ashcroft and Cardinal Bernard Law. They also expressed their opinions on the Cuba trade embargo set by the United States and on the meaning of the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution with regard to the right to bear arms. A series of questions focused on the crisis in the Middle East involving Israel and the Palestinians, Yasir Arafat, the way George W. Bush was handling the situation involving Israel and the Palestinians, and the role played by the United States in the Middle East. Respondents also gave their opinions on the status of the war in Afghanistan and the outcomes of this war, the likelihood and seriousness of another terrorist attack in the United States, and the possibility that scientists might be able to clone human beings, as well as the Catholic Church's handling of recent charges of sex abuse of children and teenagers by priests. Respondents also expressed their concerns about personal safety since September 11, 2001, and the actions taken to improve personal security since the terrorist attacks. Background information includes the respondent's political party, voter status, marital status, religion, education, income, race, age, and gender.
  • 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: 2002-05
  • 2002-05-13 / 2002-05-14
    Collection date: 2002-05-13--2002-05-14
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 study is freely available to the general public via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 3695 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR03695.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 #1, May 2002. Version 3. CBS News/New York Times Poll Series. Version: v3. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.