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CBS News Monthly Poll #5, March 2003

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
Bush, George W.; Hussein, Saddam; Iraq War; media coverage; military intervention; presidency; presidential performance; protest demonstrations; public opinion; terrorism; terrorist threat
  • 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 and foreign policy. In addition, respondents were asked whether they approved of actions taken against Iraq, how closely they followed news about the war, and what surprised them most about the war. Respondents were asked to give their opinions on various aspects of the war in Iraq: whether the removal of Saddam Hussein from power was worth the potential loss of life, whether the United States was making a mistake getting involved, whether the war would be fairly quick and successful or long and costly, the duration of the war, how well the war was going, and whether the United States correctly assessed how much resistance there would be from the Iraqi army. Respondents were also asked whether they felt proud about the actions of the United States, whether the Bush administration had clearly explained the cost of the war, and how much confidence they had in President Bush to make the right decisions regarding the war in Iraq. Views were elicited on whether it was acceptable for someone to criticize the president's decisions on military issues, whether Americans who opposed the war should hold protest marches or rallies, and whether the war in Iraq was part of the war on terrorism. Respondents were asked whether the war bothered them, how much the war affected their news viewing, whether the media spent too much time on war coverage, whether field reporting (news reporters traveling with troops) was a good or bad idea, and whether the field reporters reported accurately or tried to make things look better or worse than they were. Opinions were sought on whether the United States had the right to use military force, whether Iraq was a threat, level of concern about another terrorist attack within the United States, and willingness to cut domestic spending to fund the war. Finally, respondents were asked whether they or a family member served in the military, whether they had children, whether the children had expressed concern about the war, and how often the war was discussed with the children. A variety of demographic information was elicited, including political party affiliation, political view (liberal, moderate, or conservative), marital status, religion, education, age, Hispanic descent, race, income, and additional phone lines.
  • 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: 2003-03
  • 2003-03-26 / 2003-03-27
    Collection date: 2003-03-26--2003-03-27
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
  • (1) 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' privacy.

    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
  • 3787 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR03787.v2

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

CBS News; The New York Times (2004): CBS News Monthly Poll #5, March 2003. Version 3. CBS News/New York Times Poll Series. Version: v3. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.

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