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CBS News Monthly Poll, November 2003

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
attitudes; Bush, George W.; Iraq War; leadership; national economy; presidential candidates; presidential performance; public approval; public opinion; social issues; terrorism; voter preferences
  • Abstract

    This poll, fielded during November 2003, is part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicit public opinion on the presidency and on a range of other social and political issues. Those surveyed were asked to give approval ratings for President George W. Bush and his handling of the economy, to rate his honesty and integrity, and to rate the current state of the economy and its possible future. Respondents were asked whether the war on Iraq was worth the costs, whether they believed that President Bush and/or his administration told everything they knew about the existence of weapons of mass destruction, and whether they believed that either the United States or the Iraqi people were able to create a stable democracy. Questions seeking respondent opinions on the Democratic and Republican parties included which party the respondents believed advocated the creation of new jobs and was more likely to make the United States safe from terrorism. In regards to the upcoming presidential election, respondents were asked if they could name any of the Democratic candidates for president and how likely they were to vote in a party primary or caucus. Questions also asked what beliefs or background the respondent would like a presidential candidate to have, such as support of the war in Iraq or past active military duty. Respondents were asked for their opinions on civil unions for homosexual couples and gun control laws. Background information collected includes sex, parental status, labor union membership, whether a job was lost in the household in the past year, Armed Forces membership/veteran status, favorite music, whether the respondent was a fan of NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing), how many days a week the respondent watched the morning network news programs, place of birth, type of job (blue collar, white collar, etc.), religious preference, political identification and philosophy, voting record, marital status, level of education, age, ethnicity, yearly household income, and willingness for callback.
  • 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: 2003-11
  • 2003-11-10 / 2003-11-13
    Collection date: 2003-11-10--2003-11-13
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
  • (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.

    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
  • 3982 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR03982.v2

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

CBS News (2004): CBS News Monthly Poll, November 2003. Version 1. CBS News/New York Times Poll Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.