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CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll #1, December 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
attitudes; Bush, George W.; Dean, Howard; Edwards, John; Iraq War; Kerry, John; presidency; presidential performance; public opinion; social issues; terrorism
  • 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 approval ratings for President George W. Bush and his handling of the presidency, Iraq, and the economy. Questions sought respondents' perceptions of the state of the economy and how it would progress in the future, their perception of George W. Bush's personal qualities, such as his level of honesty and integrity, and how much respondents knew about the recently passed Medicare bill. Respondents' opinions were elicited on potential Democratic presidential nominees such as former Vermont governor Howard Dean, Senator John Edwards, and Senator John Kerry. They were asked who they would vote for in the 2004 presidential election, how much issues like the war in Iraq and gay marriage would affect that decision, and whether they thought the Republicans or the Democrats better handled particular issues, such as senior prescription drugs or terrorism. Questions regarding the war in Iraq included whether respondents felt that the removal of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was worth the lost American lives and other costs, whether the Bush administration had a clear plan for rebuilding Iraq, whether the Bush administration was telling everything they knew about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, and whether the public should be able to see pictures of the military honor guard receiving caskets returning from Iraq to the United States. Questions concerning the war on terrorism included whether the Bush administration had a clearly planned campaign for the war against terrorism and whether respondents believed that Saddam Hussein was involved in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Questions regarding gay marriage included whether the respondent believed that the question of "marriage" was a legal or a religious one, whether such marriages were "wrong," and whether they would support a law that allowed homosexuals to marry. On the issue of performance-enhancing drugs, respondents were asked whether they were bothered by hearing about professional athletes and Olympic athletes using them and how many athletes they thought used steroids. Background information was gathered on political identification, voting record, religious preference, marital status, level of education, age, ethnicity, annual household income, alternate phone numbers, and willingness for callback.
  • 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: 2003-12
  • 2003-12-10 / 2003-12-14
    Collection date: 2003-12-10--2003-12-14
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' 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
  • 3983 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR03983.v2
  • Brewer, Paul R., Wilcox, Clyde. Same-sex marriage and civil unions. Public Opinion Quarterly.69, (4), 599-616.2005.

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

CBS News; The New York Times (2004): CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll #1, December 2003. Version 3. CBS News/New York Times Poll Series. Version: v3. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.