New York Times New York City Poll, August 2001

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

    This special topic poll, conducted on August 5-10, 2001, was designed to elicit respondents' opinions of the New York City (NYC) mayoral candidates and their more general views of the city. Residents of the state of New York were asked whether, in ten years, NYC would be a better or worse place to live. They gave an approval rating of Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and opinions of various mayoral candidates, including Herman Badillo, Michael Bloomberg, Fernando Ferrer, Michael Green, Alan G. Hevesi, and Peter Vallone. Respondents indicated whether they had voted for Giuliani in 1997, the amount of attention they had given to the 2001 mayoral campaign, their likelihood of voting in the primary, which candidate they would vote for, and their actual likelihood of voting for mayor. Opinions were elicited regarding which problem the new mayor should concentrate on, whether NYC had gotten better or worse in the past four years, the condition of the economy, their perception of safety, effectiveness and impartiality of the police force, NYC public transportation, the cost and availability of housing, unemployment rates, and whether respondents wanted to stay in NYC or live elsewhere. Respondents commented on the performance of Harold Levy as Chancellor of NYC schools, their satisfaction with NYC schools, support of tuition vouchers, and whether the NYC Board of Education should be eliminated. Those polled also gave their opinions of the state of race relations in NYC, whether organized prayer should be allowed in public schools, their opinions of the death penalty, and whether they or a family member had been a victim of crime in NYC. Respondents were also asked which characteristics they would prefer in a mayor, how they felt campaigns should be funded, and whether a new mayor would improve NYC. Background information on respondents includes political affiliation, whether respondents' financial situations had improved or worsened in the previous four years, whether their children attended public or private school, the importance of religion to them, their religious preference, marital status, education, age, race, and income category.
  • 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
  • Time period: 2001-08
  • 2001-08-05 / 2001-08-10
    Collection date: 2001-08-05--2001-08-10
Sampled Universe
Adult population of New York City aged 18 and over having telephones at home.
A variation of random-digit dialing using primary sampling units (PSUs) was employed, consisting of blocks of 100 telephone numbers identical through the eighth digit and stratified by geographic region, area code, and size of place. Within households, respondents were selected using a method developed by Leslie Kish and modified by Charles Backstrom and Gerald Hursh (see Backstrom and Hursh, SURVEY RESEARCH. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1963).
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 by ICPSR 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 on the ICPSR Web site.

    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.

2009-04-29 As part of an automated retrofit of some studies in the holdings, ICPSR updated the frequency file for this collection to include the original question text.2009-04-22 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
  • 3344 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR03344.v3
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR03344.v1

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