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CBS News Monthly Poll #1, August 2003

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • CBS News
Other Title
  • Version 2 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • CBS News/New York Times Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
Bush, George W.; Hussein, Saddam; Iraq War; national economy; presidency; presidential performance; public confidence; public opinion; stock market conditions
  • Abstract

    This poll, conducted August 11-12, 2003, is part of a continuing series of monthly polls that solicit opinions on political and social issues. Respondents were asked to give their opinions of President George W. Bush and his overall job performance, as well as his handling of the situation with Iraq, foreign policy issues, and the economy. Questions related to the United States involvement in Iraq addressed whether removing Saddam Hussein from power and the result of the war with Iraq was worth the human and economic costs, how well things were going for the United States in its efforts to bring stability and order to Iraq, whether the United States was in control of events in Iraq, respondents' level of confidence that the United States would eventually find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, whether it mattered if weapons of mass destruction were found, respondents' level of confidence in the United States' ability to capture or kill Saddam Hussein, and whether the United States had won the war if Hussein was not captured or killed. Views were also sought on whether respondents considered Saudi Arabia to be an ally, friendly but not an ally, unfriendly, or an enemy of the United States. Respondents were asked about the most important issue facing the United States, the condition of the national economy and whether it was improving, getting worse, or staying the same, whether the economy and job market were better or worse than two years ago, the degree of progress made by the Bush administration on improving the economy and creating new jobs, whether the respondent's financial situation was better or worse than two years ago, the condition of the respondent's own state's economy, and how concerned respondents were that a member of their household would lose his or her job in the next year. Specific questions concerning the economy addressed the overall condition of the stock market, expected changes in the stock market, the impact of the stock market on the condition of the national economy, the effects of the new tax cuts on the stock market, the likelihood that the new tax cuts would create more jobs, whether the respondent had received a tax rebate check for the current year, whether the tax rebate money was spent, used to pay bills, or saved or invested, and whether the respondent and his or her spouse currently had any money invested in the stock market. Additional questions addressed whether the respondent would vote to recall his or her state's governor if given the chance, and whether Hollywood celebrities should become involved in politics. Background variables include age, sex, ethnicity, marital status, religion, education, 2002 household income, political orientation, political ideology, whether the respondent voted in the 2000 presidential election, and for whom they voted (Al Gore, George W. Bush, Pat Buchanan, or Ralph Nader).
  • 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: 2003-08
  • 2003-08-11 / 2003-08-12
    Collection date: 2003-08-11--2003-08-12
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Adult population of the United States 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.

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
  • 3917 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR03917.v3
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR03917.v1

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

CBS News (2004): CBS News Monthly Poll #1, August 2003. Version 2. CBS News/New York Times Poll Series. Version: v2. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.