CBS News Monthly Poll, September 1999

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • CBS News
Other Title
  • Version 2 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • CBS News/New York Times Poll Series
Publication Date
  • Abstract

    This poll, fielded September 14-18, 1999, 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 views on how they would like to see presidential candidates spend their time, the impact of the government on society, the most important problem facing the United States, and campaign issues. Specifically, respondents were asked what a president could do to improve Medicare, Social Security, education, health care, and the economy and how the federal budget surplus should be used. Those queried were also asked with whom the responsibility rested to care for the needy, promote values, insure jobs and an adequate standard of living, provide job training, and improve education and welfare. Respondents were asked if, in the last four years, they had contacted a member of Congress or a newspaper editor, done public service, worked on a political campaign, signed a petition, called a talk show, attended a political function, or given a political contribution. Views were also sought on the upcoming 2000 presidential election, including the Democratic and Republican primaries/caucuses. Respondents were asked for whom they intend to vote: Vice President Al Gore, former New Jersey senator Bill Bradley, Texas governor George W. Bush, Arizona senator John McCain, publisher Steve Forbes, conservative commentator Pat Buchanan, Family Research Council President Gary Bauer, talk show host Alan Keyes, Utah senator Orrin Hatch, or former American Red Cross president Elizabeth Dole. Additional topics covered the effectiveness of the political system in the United States, the respondents' opinions of the Democratic and Republican parties, and whether the state and/or federal government accurately represented respondents' views. Background information on respondents includes age, sex, race, Hispanic descent, political party, political orientation, voter registration and participation history, education, religion, marital status, computer access, stock market investments, age of children in household, and family income.
  • 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..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1999-09-14 / 1999-09-18
    Time period: 1999-09-14--1999-09-18
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.

    The ASCII data file may have been replaced if the previous version was formatted with multiple records per case. A frequency file, which contains the authoritative column locations, has been added to the collection.

2009-07-28 Minor edits were made to the frequency file cover.2009-07-22 As part of an automated retrofit of some studies in the holdings, ICPSR created the full data product suite for this collection. Note that the ASCII data file may have been replaced if the previous version was formatted with multiple records per case. A frequency file, which contains the authoritative column locations, has also been added.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 2849 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR02849.v3
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR02849.v1

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