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CBS News/New York Times National and Local Surveys, 1985

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • CBS News
  • The New York Times
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
armed forces; arms race; Catholic Church; demographic characteristics; domestic policy; foreign affairs; foreign policy; government expenditures; national economy; national security; presidential performance; public opinion; race relations; racial attitudes; Reagan, Ronald; religion; taxation; trade
  • Abstract

    The substantive common denominator in the surveys is a continuing evaluation of the Reagan presidency. Each survey also contains questions of topical relevance or questions about broader social issues. Respondents were queried about their attitudes towards the arms race and "Star Wars", Ronald Reagan and his domestic and foreign policies, tax reform, the federal deficit, the Vietnam War, Reagan's visit to the military cemetery in Bitburg, Central America, trade policies, the United Nations, AIDS, the Soviet Union, and religion and the Catholic church. One survey contains questions concerning race relations and public figures in New York City. Only New York City residents were interviewed for this particular survey. All surveys contain demographic information on respondents.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: January 2-4: Arms Race
    • DS2: January 14-17: January Survey
    • DS3: February 23-27: Vietnam Remembered
    • DS4: April 27-May 3: New York City Race Relations
    • DS5: May 6: Bitburg
    • DS6: May 29-June 2: May Survey
    • DS7: September 9: AIDS
    • DS8: September 15-18: Russian Poll
    • DS9: November 6-10: November Survey
    • DS10: November 18-19: Religion Survey
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1985
  • 1985-01-02 / 1985-11-19
    Collection date: 1985-01-02--1985-11-19
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Adults in the United States age 18 and over. Part 4: New York City residents age 18 and over.
Stratified random digit dialing.
Collection Mode
  • There is a weight variable for each dataset which must be used in any analysis. Most questions in the USSRNatl survey were part of a New York Times poll (without CBS). Questions 40-44 and 53-56 were part of a CBS poll (without The New York Times). The demographic questions were for joint CBS News/New York Times use. The area code and exchange code variables have been recoded to 9's for reasons of confidentiality.

2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 11 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 11 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 8550 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08550.v1
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    • ID: 10.1086/268951 (DOI)

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

CBS News; The New York Times (1986): CBS News/New York Times National and Local Surveys, 1985. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.