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CBS News Polls, 1977-1979

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • CBS News
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • CBS News/New York Times Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
amnesty; Arab Israeli conflict; arms race; Begin, Menachem; capital punishment; Carter Administration (1977-1981); Carter, Jimmy; Cold War; defense spending; draft resisters; education; energy shortages; foreign policy; inflation; Middle East; Sadat, Anwar; school busing; single parent families; trust in government; unemployment; Vietnam War
  • Abstract

    This study 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. Each data file in this collection represents a distinct nationwide survey that was conducted during 1977-1979. Approximately 1,000-1,500 randomly selected adults were surveyed by telephone in each poll. Respondents were asked to give their opinions of President Jimmy Carter and his handling of the presidency, foreign policy, and the economy, as well as their views on a range of current social and economic issues. The January 1977 Inauguration Poll (Part 1) asked respondents whether they believed newly inaugurated President Carter would be able to balance the federal budget, contain inflation, reduce unemployment, cut defense spending, restore trust in government, work effectively with Congress, and bring peace to the Middle East. Opinions were also elicited on other current issues, including capital punishment, amnesty for Vietnam draft evaders, building closer ties with China, and United States support for Black majority rule in South Africa. Part 2, June 1978 Education Poll, covered topics concerning the quality of public school education, school busing and racial integration of schools, the effects of single parents, working mothers, and television viewing on a child's education, standardized tests, classroom discipline, and homework. In Part 3, September 1978 Poll on Mid-East Summit Meeting, respondents were asked for their assessment of the chances for peace in the Middle East, their knowledge of the results of the Camp David summit with Egypt, Israel, and the United States, whether Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, or President Carter was most responsible for the agreements, and whether President Carter met their expectations with what he accomplished at the summit. Part 4, December 1978 Poll on China, focused on United States relations with China, the impact closer ties with China may have on relations between the United States and Taiwan, prospects for peace in the Middle East, and United States negotiations with the Soviet Union to cut back on military weapons. In the October 1979 Poll on Current Issues (Part 5) respondents were asked to identify what they believed to be the most important problems facing the country, and whether problems associated with rising prices and energy shortages had affected their lives directly. Background information on respondents includes voter participation history, political party affiliation, political orientation, age, race, religion, education, employment and household income.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: January 1977 Inauguration Poll
    • DS2: June 1978 Education Poll
    • DS3: September 1978 Poll on Mid-East Summit Meeting
    • DS4: December 1978 Poll on China
    • DS5: October 1979 Poll on Current Issues
Temporal Coverage
  • 1977 / 1979
    Time period: 1977--1979
  • 1977 / 1979
    Collection date: 1977--1979
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Adults living in the United States with telephones.
Random sample.
2006-01-18 File CB7817.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.
This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 7817 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR07817.v1
  • Frankovic, Kathleen A.. Public opinion trends. The Election of 1980: Reports and Interpretations.Chatham, NJ: Chatham House. 1981.

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

CBS News (1984): CBS News Polls, 1977-1979. Archival Version. CBS News/New York Times Poll Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.