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CBS News/New York Times New York City Poll, August 2002

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
air travel; Arab Americans; bin Laden, Osama; Bloomberg, Michael; Bush, George W.; cellular phones; immigrants; Muslims; presidency; presidential performance; public opinion; social issues; terrorist attacks; terrorist threat
  • Abstract

    This special topic poll assessed respondents' opinions on the long-range view for New York City, Michael Bloomberg and his performance as mayor of New York City, and the recovery efforts following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Residents of New York City were asked to give their opinions of President George W. Bush and his handling of the presidency, their biggest concern about living in New York City, their confidence in the economic recovery of the city, the likelihood of another terrorist attack on the United States, the threat level of another terrorist attack in New York City as opposed to other big cities, and their confidence in the ability of the United States government to capture Osama bin Laden. Respondents also described their personal images of New York City, indicated how likely they were to carry a cellular phone, and specified the frequency of their air travel before and after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. A series of questions focused on Arab Americans, Muslims, and immigrants from the Middle East in the United States, security at New York City airports, bridges, and tunnels, and New York City's preparedness for dealing with a biological or chemical attack. Those queried also presented their views on the impact of the events of September 11, 2001, on their everyday lives, personal economy, and health, what should be done at the site of the World Trade Center in addition to a memorial, and government-issued warnings about possible terrorist attacks on Americans abroad and in the United States. Background information on respondents includes age, gender, voting status, whether they knew any Arab immigrants, borough of residence, religion, marital status, political affiliation, education, race, 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: 2002-08
  • 2002-08-25 / 2002-08-29
    Collection date: 2002-08-25--2002-08-29
Geographic Coverage
  • New York City
  • United States
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, 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. (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.
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
  • 3703 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR03703.v2
  • Jacobson, Gary C.. Terror, terrain, and turnout: Explaining the 2002 midterm elections. Political Science Quarterly.118, (1), 1-22.2003.

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

CBS News; The New York Times (2003): CBS News/New York Times New York City Poll, August 2002. Version 1. CBS News/New York Times Poll Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.