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CBS News Monthly Poll, October 2003

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • CBS News
Other Title
  • Version 3 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • CBS News/New York Times Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
Bush, George W.; elections; foreign policy; Hussein, Saddam; Iraq War; military intervention; national economy; presidency; presidential performance; public opinion; stock markets; terrorism
  • Abstract

    This poll, conducted October 20-21, 2003, is part of a continuing series of monthly polls that solicit public opinion on political and social issues. Respondents were asked to give their opinions of President George W. Bush and his overall job performance, as well as his handling of the situation with Iraq, the war against terrorism, foreign policy, and the economy. A series of questions addressed United States military action in Iraq. Respondents' views were elicited on whether removing Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein from power was worth the loss of American life and other costs of attacking Iraq, whether they approved of the current United States occupation of Iraq, whether the United States was in control of events taking place in Iraq, what they thought most Iraqi people were feeling, how much confidence they had in the ability of the United States government to capture or kill Saddam Hussein, whether the rebuilding of Iraq was part of the war on terrorism, and whether the Bush administration had done enough to get support from other countries in fighting the war on terrorism. Respondents were also asked if they were registered to vote and whether they would vote for President Bush or the Democratic candidate in 2004. Respondents were asked to rate the overall condition of the stock market, whether they expected the stock market would rise in the next three months, and whether they had any money invested in the stock market. Other topics addressed which team the respondent wanted to win the World Series and how many days the respondent watched network morning news programs in a typical week. Background variables include political preference, voting record in 2000, marital status, religious preference, education level, age and age group, Hispanic nationality, race, household income, and other possible phone numbers.
  • 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: 2003-10
  • 2003-10-20 / 2003-10-21
    Collection date: 2003-10-20--2003-10-21
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Adult population of the United States aged 18 and over having a 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
  • (1) 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 nonplatform-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
  • 3981 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR03981.v2

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

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