New York Times New Jersey State Poll, October 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
Free Keywords
economic conditions; gubernatorial elections; public opinion; September 11 attack; terrorist attacks; terrorist threat
  • Abstract

    This special topic poll was designed to assess respondents' interest in and opinions about the 2001 election campaign for New Jersey governor and to gauge respondents' reactions to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City. Residents of the state of New Jersey were asked to give their opinions of candidates Jim McGreevey (Democrat) and Bret Schundler (Republican), as well as their opinions of President George W. Bush, New Jersey acting governor Donald DiFrancesco, New Jersey senators Jon Corzine and Robert Torricelli, and former New Jersey governor Christie Whitman. Respondents were also queried about their readiness to vote in the upcoming election, whom they were going to vote for, and who, in their opinion, would become governor. Respondents answered a set of questions comparing McGreevey and Schundler as gubernatorial candidates in terms of their experience, interest in people like themselves, integrity, temperament, leadership qualities, and political philosophy, as well as who would deal better with the economy, property taxes, crime, and education in New Jersey. The survey also elicited respondents' feelings about the recent terrorist attacks. Respondents were asked whether their daily routine had returned to normal, whether they were personally concerned about terrorist attacks in their community and/or another terrorist attack against New York City, whether they had experienced negative feelings toward Arab Americans, Muslims, and/or immigrants from the Middle East, whether anyone close to them was missing, injured, or killed in the attacks, whether they had experienced job and/or financial loss as a result of the attacks, and whether they were concerned about possible exposure to anthrax. Additional questions probed respondents' views on issues such as abortion, racial profiling, school vouchers, automobile insurance deregulation, laws restricting the sale of handguns, and how to balance the budget in New Jersey. Background information on respondents includes age, gender, political party, political orientation, voter registration and participation history, employment status, marital status, religion, education, race, Hispanic descent, children in household, whether children attended private or public school, gun ownership, automobile ownership, urban vs. rural residence, years at current residence, and household 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
  • Time period: 2001-10
  • 2001-10-20 / 2001-10-23
    Collection date: 2001-10-20--2001-10-23
Geographic Coverage
  • New Jersey
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Adult population of the state of New Jersey 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
  • 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, documentation has been converted to Portable Document Format (PDF), data files have been converted to non-platform-specific formats, and variables have been recoded to ensure respondents' anonymity.

    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
  • 3375 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR03375.v3
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR03375.v1

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