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CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll #3, August 1996

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; Clinton, Bill; federal budget deficit; foreign policy; Gore, Al; national ecoomy; national elections; political campaigns; political issues; political issues; presidency; presidential candidates; presidential performance; public opinion; voting behavior; Whitewater inquiry
  • Abstract

    This poll, fielded August 16-18, 1996, 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, the military, the economy, and foreign policy. In addition, opinions were solicited regarding Vice President Al Gore, Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole and his running mate Jack Kemp, Reform Party candidate Ross Perot, First Lady Hillary Clinton, retired general Colin Powell, American Red Cross president Elizabeth Dole, Georgia Congressman Newt Gingrich, Missouri Congressman Richard Gephardt, and former Colorado governor Richard Lamm. Those queried were also asked for their views toward the upcoming 1996 presidential and congressional elections, and the commitment of the Democratic and Republican parties to the creation of a strong economy, a fair tax system, the achievement of the "American dream", welfare and Medicare reform, eliminating the budget deficit, and gender-specific needs. Respondents were also asked for their opinions on abortion, Whitewater, the Ronald Reagan presidency, and the political conventions. Comparisons between Clinton and Dole's potential handling of international crises, ability to cut taxes, and ability to keep their word, as well as their honesty, integrity, and military history, were sought. Background information on respondents includes age, race, sex, education, religion, marital status, voter registration and participation history, political party, political orientation, United States armed forces service, family income, age of children in household, and tendency to watch late-night comedians.
  • 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: Created variable labels and/or value labels..
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    • DS1: Dataset
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Collection Mode
  • (1) This collection has not been processed by ICPSR staff. ICPSR is distributing the data and documentation for this collection in essentially the same form in which they were received. When appropriate, hardcopy documentation has been converted to machine-readable form and variables have been recoded to ensure respondents' anonymity. (2) The codebook is provided as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided through the ICPSR Website on the Internet.

2010-07-23 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.
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
  • 2358 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR02358.v2
  • Abrams, Herbert L., Brody, Richard. Bob Dole's age and health in the 1996 election: Did the media let us down?. Political Science Quarterly.113, (3), 471-491.1998.
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Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 3 | Registration Date: 2015-06-30

CBS News; The New York Times (1999): CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll #3, August 1996. Version 1. CBS News/New York Times Poll Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.