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CBS News Monthly Poll #2, March 2004

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
al Qaeda; Bush Administration (George W., 2001-2009); Bush, George W.; Clinton Administration (1993-2001); consumer attitudes; foreign affairs; Hussein, Saddam; intelligence agencies; Iraq War; Kerry, John; national economy; political campaigns; presidency; presidential elections; presidential performance; privacy; public opinion; September 11 attack; terrorism; voter attitudes; voting behavior
  • Abstract

    This poll, fielded March 30-April 1, 2004, is part of a series of monthly surveys that solicit public opinion on political and social issues. Views were sought on the war with Iraq, the 2004 presidential campaign, and President George W. Bush and his handling of the presidency, the economy, and foreign affairs. Questions were posed regarding the condition of the national economy, whether the country was moving in the right or wrong direction, and whether the respondent or a household member had lost his or her job in the past year. Respondents were asked whether the result of the war with Iraq and the removal of Saddam Hussein from power was worth the human and economic costs, whether the United States made the right decision in taking military action against Iraq, how long troops would remain in Iraq, the success of the war on terrorism, and whether Saddam Hussein was personally involved in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. A series of questions asked whether the policies of the Bush administration made the United States safer or less safe from terrorism, whether the administration focused too much on the Iraq war and not enough on al Qaeda terrorists, and whether the Clinton and Bush administrations and United States intelligence agencies did all they could to prevent the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Respondents were asked how closely they followed the news about the hearings investigating the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, whether the White House cooperated with the hearings, and whether members of the Bush administration told the entire truth about what they knew prior to the terrorist attacks. Respondents were also polled on how much attention they were paying to the 2004 presidential campaign, the likelihood that they would vote, whether they would vote for President George W. Bush or Democratic candidate John Kerry, whether their minds were made up, whether they had seen or heard any of the presidential campaign commercials in the last month, and the effect of each candidate's election on the economy and terrorism. Other topics addressed privacy issues associated with the use of supermarket customer loyalty cards, the controversy surrounding the death of Princess Diana of Wales, life on Mars, and outer space travel. Background information includes sex, age, religion, religiosity, marital status, education, ethnicity, household income, political party affiliation, political orientation, number of telephone lines in household, whether the respondent or a family member served in the United States armed forces, and voter registration and participation history.
  • 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: 2004-03
  • 2004-03-30 / 2004-04-01
    Collection date: 2004-03-30--2004-04-01
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
  • 4016 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR04016.v2

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

CBS News (2004): CBS News Monthly Poll #2, March 2004. Version 1. CBS News/New York Times Poll Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.