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CBS News Monthly Poll #1, January 2002

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • CBS News
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • CBS News/New York Times Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
Afghanistan War; anthrax; bin Laden, Osama; Bush, George W.; counterterrorism; military intervention; national economy; political issues; presidency; presidential performance; public opinion; September 11 attack; social issues; terrorism; terrorist attacks; terrorist threat
  • 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. Respondents were asked to give their opinions of President George W. Bush, his handling of the presidency, the campaign against terrorism, and the economy. The remainder of the questions focused on events related to the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and the ensuing war in Afghanistan. Respondents were queried on how they felt about military attacks on Afghanistan, whether they approved of the actions, whether the war was going well, what effect it would have on terrorism, and the likelihood that it would develop into a larger war. Osama bin Laden, the terrorist ringleader in Afghanistan, was the next topic, as respondents were asked whether they felt that his capture would mean a United States victory in Afghanistan, and whether they felt he was currently alive or dead. Respondents' views were sought on the likelihood of another terrorist attack in the United States, the ability of the United States to protect its citizens from future attacks, and the recent anthrax attacks. Respondents were then asked whether and how September 11 had affected their lives, and how they believed it would affect the future, especially in regard to civil liberties. Opinions were also solicited on the state of airline security, respondents' recent flight experiences, and a recent incident involving an Arab-American Secret Service agent who was kept off a flight for security reasons. Background information includes age, gender, race, religion, education, political party, political orientation, marital status, number of children in the household, and 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: 2002-01
  • 2002-01-05 / 2002-01-06
    Collection date: 2002-01-05--2002-01-06
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Adult population of the United States 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.
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
  • 3458 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR03458.v2

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

CBS News (2002): CBS News Monthly Poll #1, January 2002. Version 1. CBS News/New York Times Poll Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.