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CBS News/New York Times Polls, 1977-1978

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • CBS News
  • The New York Times
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • CBS News/New York Times Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
abortion; Affirmative Action; African Americans; Arab Israeli conflict; automobile use; automobiles; Begin, Menachem; capital punishment; carpools; Carter Administration (1977-1981); Carter, Jimmy; consumer attitudes; consumer behavior; crime rates; deterrence; discrimination; driving habits; energy conservation; energy crises; energy production; energy shortages; environemntal protection; foreign aid; foreign policy; gasoline prices; gasoline rationing; inflation; juvenile offenders; Middle East; nuclear energy; oil imports; police misconduct; political attitudes; property taxes; Proposition 13 (California); public opinion; public transportation; race relations; racial attitudes; racial discrimination; racial tensions; Sadat, Anwar; taxes; unemployment; urban poverty; womens movement; working women
  • 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. With the exception of Part 8, June 1978 Poll -- California Sample, (for which there was no national sample), each data file in this collection represents a distinct nationwide survey that was conducted during 1977-1978. 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 affairs, and the economy, as well as their views on a range of current social and economic issues such as crime, police behavior, discrimination, and working women. In addition, the July 1977 Energy Poll (Part 3) focused specifically on energy problems, exploring respondents' perceptions of the seriousness of energy shortages and who or what may have been responsible, their reactions to President Carter's proposals calling for conservation and sacrifice, and whether or not their own energy usage behavior was likely to change, particularly with regard to home heating and automobile use. The October 1977 Poll (Part 4) covered topics such as the Panama Canal treaty, the ongoing conflict in the Middle East, changing lifestyles, and the impact of the women's movement on family life. The February 1978 Poll (Part 6) dealt with the attitudes of Blacks and Whites on racial issues. Topics covered included police harassment, urban poverty, racial disturbances, segregation in neighborhoods and schools, and the portrayal of Black Americans on television. In addition to asking respondents about the efforts of Egypt and Israel to negotiate a peace agreement, the April 1978 Poll (Part 7) also covered current national issues such as inflation, unemployment, energy prices, and personal savings. California's Proposition 13 was the primary subject of the poll in Part 8, June 1978 Poll -- California Sample. Other topics included arms limitation talks between the United States and the Soviet Union, and United States' potential intervention in Africa. Background information on respondents includes voter participation history, political party affiliation, political orientation, age, sex, race, religion, education, employment, household income, and participation in labor unions.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: April 1977 Poll
    • DS2: July 1977 Poll
    • DS3: July 1977 Energy Poll
    • DS4: October 1977 Poll
    • DS5: January 1978 Poll
    • DS6: February 1978 Poll
    • DS7: April 1978 Poll
    • DS8: June 1978 Poll -- California Sample
Temporal Coverage
  • 1977 / 1978
    Time period: 1977--1978
  • 1977 / 1978
    Collection date: 1977--1978
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Adults living in the United States with telephones.
Random sample.
2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 9 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 9 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 7818 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
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    • ID: 10.1086/269020 (DOI)
  • Smith, Ted J., III, Hogan, Michael. Public opinion and the Panama Canal treaties of 1977. Public Opinion Quarterly.51, (1), 5-30.1987.
    • ID: 10.1086/269023 (DOI)
  • Gillroy, John M., Shapiro, Robert Y.. The Polls: Environmental Protection. Public Opinion Quarterly.50, (2), 270-279.1986.
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  • Bishop, George F., Oldendick, Robert W., Tuchfarber, Alfred J.. The Importance of Replicating a Failure to Replicate: Order Effects on Abortion Items. Public Opinion Quarterly.49, (1), 105-114.1985.
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  • Shapiro, Robert Y., Gillroy, John M.. The Polls: Regulation, Part I. Public Opinion Quarterly.47, (2), 531-542.1984.
    • ID: 10.1086/268850 (DOI)
  • De Boer, Connie. The polls: Attitudes toward unemployment. Public Opinion Quarterly.47, (3), 432-441.1983.
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  • Sigelman, Lee, Knight, Kathleen. Why Does Presidential Popularity Decline? A Test of the Expectation/Disillusion Theory. Public Opinion Quarterly.47, (3), 310-324.1983.
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Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

CBS News; The New York Times (1984): CBS News/New York Times Polls, 1977-1978. Version 1. CBS News/New York Times Poll Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.