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New York Times New York City Poll, January 2003

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • The New York Times
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • CBS News/New York Times Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
attitudes; Bloomberg, Michael; crime; housing; municipal services; public opinion; public safety; public schools; quality of life; schools; social issues; terrorist attacks; unemployment
  • Abstract

    This special topic poll is part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicit public opinion on the presidency and a range of other political and social issues. The study was conducted in part to assess respondents' opinions and concerns about the state of New York City under the administration of Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Residents of the city were asked to give their opinions of Mayor Bloomberg and his handling of education, crime, the budget, the economy, and overall quality of life issues in New York City, as well as their views on what issue(s) should garner the most attention. Their opinions were also sought on New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, including their satisfaction with the quality of public schools in the city. A series of questions addressed Bloomberg's plan to balance the budget. Questions focused on respondents' views regarding the severity of the budget problems, the cuts in services and tax increases already made, and whether the fire and police departments should have been included in those cuts. Respondents' opinions were sought on the progress made by the Bloomberg administration in the following areas: improving neighborhood public schools, keeping New York City safe from crime, helping the city recover from the 2001 terrorist attacks, creating affordable housing, and balancing the city's budget. Those polled answered questions about their concern regarding another terrorist attack in New York City and whether the city would be prepared, the proposals for rebuilding at the World Trade Center site including their preferred plan, the speed of the redevelopment of the site, and whether Bloomberg or Governor George Pataki should have more influence. Respondents were asked whether their encounters with panhandlers bothered them, whether they had seen more homeless people and/or people using/selling drugs in recent months, whether the city seemed cleaner or dirtier than one year ago, and whether they approved of the new smoking law banning smoking in almost all bars and restaurants in New York City. Additional questions probed the seriousness of the following issues: affordability and availability of housing, noise, unemployment, and whether Blacks and Whites were treated fairly by the New York City Police Department. Background information on respondents includes age, gender, political party, political orientation, voter registration and participation history, education, religion, marital status, employment status, Hispanic descent, race, use of tobacco products, crime victimization history, length of residence in New York City, borough of residence, household income, children in household and whether they were enrolled in public, private, or parochial school.
  • 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: Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 2003-01
  • 2003-01-11 / 2003-01-15
    Collection date: 2003-01-11--2003-01-15
Geographic Coverage
  • New York (state)
  • New York City
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Adult population of New York City aged 18 and over having a telephone 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.

2012-11-08 The previously released version of this study has been revised to include all 1003 cases found in the original data file.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
  • 3741 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR03741.v2

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

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