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CBS News/New York Times National Surveys, 1983

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • CBS News
  • The New York Times
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
arms race; candidates; debt; demographic characteristics; domestic policy; economic conditions; education; foreign affairs; foreign policy; national debt; political attitudes; presidential performance; public opinion; public policy; public schools; Social Security; teachers; unemployment; voting behavior
  • Abstract

    These seven datasets are part of an ongoing data collection effort in which The New York Times and CBS News are equal partners. Each survey includes questions about President Ronald Reagan's performance in office, especially with respect to economic and foreign affairs. In addition, each survey provides information on respondents' views concerning other social and political issues, as well as respondents' personal backgrounds. The surveys were conducted in January, April, June, September (twice), and October (twice). The October surveys took place before and after President Reagan's speech about Grenada on October 27, 1983. The October samples are weighted separately, and two discrete datasets, which may be analyzed separately or combined, are available (Parts 6 and 7). Topics covered in Part 1, January Survey, include Reagan's handling of economic and foreign affairs, various proposals to reduce the federal deficit, unemployment, and Social Security. In Part 2, April Survey, individuals responded to questions about Reagan's handling of economic and foreign affairs, the environment, and defense policy, and were also asked about their willingness to vote for a Black candidate, candidates endorsed by labor unions, and candidates endorsed by homosexual organizations. Two versions of the questionnaire were used, to test alternative question wording. For Part 3, June Survey, questions were asked on Reagan's presidency, possible presidential candidates in 1984, foreign policy, economic policy, merit pay for public school teachers, federal spending on education, and tennis. Part 4, Plane Survey, queried respondents about the Korean passenger plane shot down by the Soviet Union in September 1983, including their opinions on the American response to the attack. The questionnaire also included questions about Reagan's handling of foreign and economic policy. Part 5, September Survey, covered telephone service, United States troops in Lebanon, possible presidential candidates, and President Reagan's handling of economic and foreign policy. Two versions of the questionnaire were used, to test alternative question wording. A question about the cease-fire agreement in Lebanon was included in only one of those versions. Part 6, October (Prespeech) Survey, was conducted before President Reagan gave his speech on Grenada. Respondents were asked their opinions on having United States troops in Grenada and Lebanon, the attack on the Marine barracks in Lebanon, and Reagan's handling of foreign policy. Part 7, October (Postspeech) Survey, was conducted after President Reagan's speech on Grenada and concerned the same issues that were covered in the Prespeech Survey.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: January Survey
    • DS2: April Survey
    • DS3: June Survey
    • DS4: Plane Survey
    • DS5: September Survey
    • DS6: October (Prespeech) Survey
    • DS7: October (Postspeech) Survey
Temporal Coverage
  • 1983-01 / 1983-10
    Time period: 1983-01--1983-10
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Households with telephones in the coterminous United States.
Stratified, random-digit dialing with initial screening interviews to determine residential status before inclusion in the sample. Respondent selection within households was designed to control for sex and the relative age composition of the household.
2006-01-18 File CB8243.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.1997-11-04 SAS and SPSS data definition statements have been added to the collection, and the documentation was converted to a PDF file.
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
  • 8243 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08243.v1
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    • ID: 10.1086/268801 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 8 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

CBS News; The New York Times (1984): CBS News/New York Times National Surveys, 1983. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.