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CBS News Monthly Poll #1, August 1997

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • CBS News
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • CBS News/New York Times Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
campaign finance; campaign funds; Clinton, Bill; Democratic Party (USA); food poisoning; food safety; fundraising; Gore, Al; Jones, Paula; labor strikes; presidency; presidential performance; Presley, Elvis; public opinion; radiation; sexual harassment; terrorism; Thompson, Fred
  • 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 their opinions of President Bill Clinton and his handling of the presidency, as well as their opinions of Vice President Al Gore, Senator Fred Thompson, and Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. The investigations into 1996 Democratic campaign fundraising activities were addressed, with questions covering the role of the Chinese government, the future of campaign finance reform, the possibility of the appointment of an independent counsel, the role of President Clinton, and the partisan nature of the current investigations. Those queried were asked for their views on the Paula Jones sexual harassment lawsuit, the United Parcel Service strike, the Food and Drug Administration's ability to protect the public from food-borne illnesses, the use of radiation to sterilize food, and the safety of the country from terrorism. Fans of Elvis Presley were asked whether the singer was dead or alive, if they had visited Graceland, and if they had purchased Elvis memorabilia. Background information on respondents includes age, race, sex, ethnicity, education, religion, political party, political orientation, age of children in household, and family income.
  • Methods

    A weight variable has been included and must be used for any analysis. No documentation indicating the format for variable WEIGHT was provided.
  • 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: Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1997-08
  • Collection date: 1997-08
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Persons aged 18 years or older living in households with telephones in the Unites States. Smallest Geographic Unit: state
Collection Mode
  • telephone interview

    Additional information about the CBS News Polls can be found by visiting the CBS News Polls Web site.

    Column specifications in the Legacy Data File Description and Legacy Documentation in the codebook refer to the original ASCII data file and are no longer applicable to the current ASCII data file. Please instead reference the setup files and the ICPSR Variable Description and Frequencies for column specifications for the current ASCII data file.

    To limit possible disclosure risk or due to lack of utility, the following variables have been dropped from the data: LCARD, NAME, AREACODE, EXCHANGE, and LASTFOUR.

2016-07-27 The SPSS, SAS, and Stata setup files and codebook have been updated. An SPSS system file, SAS transport (CPORT) file, Stata system file, R data frame file, and a tab-delimited ASCII data file have been added. The questionnaire has been provided as a standalone PDF document.2009-11-03 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 2305 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR02305.v2

Update Metadata: 2016-07-27 | Issue Number: 4 | Registration Date: 2015-06-30

CBS News (1998): CBS News Monthly Poll #1, August 1997. Version 1. CBS News/New York Times Poll Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.