CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll #1, April 1998

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
adolescents; AIDS; alcohol; Clinton, Bill; firearms; HIV; homosexuality; juvenile justice; Lewinsky scandal; Lewinsky, Monica; newspapers; parent child relationship; premarital sex; race relations; schools; self esteem; sexual behavior; sexual harassment; suicide; television; tobacco use; drugs
  • 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. This survey, administered to youths aged 13-17, solicited opinions of President Bill Clinton and his handling of the presidency. The teens were also asked to comment on the greatest problem facing their generation, racial problems in their schools and communities, the presence of sexual activity, alcohol, drugs, and tobacco in the school system, and how frequently they read the newspaper and watched television. A series of questions covered the topic of sex, specifically, whether respondents believed it was okay to engage in premarital sex, whether condoms should be distributed in school, and how they felt about same-sex relations. In addition, respondents were asked about their relationships with their parents, including the ability of their parents to relate to them, pressures placed on them by their parents, how often a parent was actually in the home with them, and whether they communicated with their parents about difficult topics, including sex and the use of alcohol and drugs. A series of questions addressed issues and problems in the student's school. Topics covered cheating, teenage drivers, part-time employment, the use of cigarettes, alcohol, and marijuana, computer access, beeper/pager ownership, body-piercing, sex, tattoos, suicide, HIV virus/AIDS, firearms, racial relations, sexual harassment, and homosexuality. Respondents were asked for their opinions on trying juveniles as adults in the legal system and on the alleged affair between President Clinton and former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Respondents were also asked about their self-image, their involvement in extracurricular and volunteer activities, whether they received an allowance, whether they played a musical instrument, and what their post-high school plans were. Background information on respondents includes age, race, ethnicity, sex, political party, religion, number of siblings, demographics of the school attended, grade in school, and the education level, marital status, and employment status of the parents.
  • 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.

2009-11-13 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.2000-06-21 The variable "first name" was removed to further ensure the privacy of respondents.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 2544 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR02544.v2
  • Cohen, Jeffrey E.. The Polls: Favorability Ratings of Presidents. Presidential Studies Quarterly.29, (3), 690-696.1999.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 3 | Registration Date: 2015-06-30