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CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll #2, October 1990

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
attitudes; Bush, George H.W.; federal budget deficit; foreign policy; media influence; national economy; national elections; political campaigns; political ideologies; presidency; presidential performance; public opinion; quality of life; recession; savings and loans crisis; social issues; trust in government; voter history; voting behavior
  • Abstract

    This data collection is part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that evaluate the Bush presidency and solicit opinions on a variety of political and social issues. Demographic information collected includes sex, age, race, education, family income, religion, ethnicity, political orientation, party preference, and voting behavior. Specific topics covered in this survey include how things were going in the United States on a scale of 1 to 10, the most important problem facing the country and which political party could best handle it, foreign policy, the national economy and recession, state economies, the job done by Congress in general and the respondent's representative in particular, the federal budget deficit and the deficit reduction plan, state election campaigns, and satisfaction with choices in state elections. Respondents also were asked about their voter registration status, party preference in the 1990 election for the United States House of Representatives, likelihood of voting in the 1990 elections for Congress, George Bush as a factor in voting for Congress, helpfulness of television commercials in choosing who to vote for for Congress, whether the respondent voted for Bush or Dukakis in 1988 or chose not to vote/was prevented from voting, whether the respondent voted in the 1986 elections for United States Congress or chose not to vote/was prevented from voting, and the most recent election in which the respondent voted. Other topics included Iraq's invasion of Kuwait and the United States' response, dependability of Israel as an ally, the savings and loan problem, the drug problem, the environment, education, raising taxes to reduce the deficit, interpreting the meaning of Bush's statement "Read my lips: No new taxes," Bush's veto of the civil rights bill, government as self-serving or beneficial to all, re-election of respondent's representative and members of Congress, trustworthiness of government and Congress, influence of elections on government's attention to what people think, and the amount of input people have in what government does. In addition, survey respondents were queried for their opinions on national health insurance, whether decisions of Congress were mostly right or wrong, Bush's leadership, differences in what Republican and Democratic parties stand for, positiveness/negativeness of state political campaigns compared to ten years ago, qualifications of elected officials compared to ten years ago, the amount of attention given to political ads on television and radio and the influence of those ads, whether who is elected makes a difference, financial status of respondent compared to a year ago, quality of respondent's life compared to their parents' lives, and employment/jobs vs. inflation/rising prices as the most important economic problem facing the country.
  • 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
  • 1990-10-28 / 1990-10-31
    Time period: 1990-10-28--1990-10-31
  • 1990-10-28 / 1990-10-31
    Collection date: 1990-10-28--1990-10-31
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Adult population of the United States aged 18 and over.
Stratified random digit dialing. 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
  • A weight variable is included that must be used in any analysis. Telephone exchanges, telephone numbers, and names of respondents have been recoded to "999" for reasons of confidentiality.

2010-06-24 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.
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
  • 9616 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09616.v2
  • Blendon, Robert J., Benson, John M.. Americans' views on health policy: A fifty-year historical perspective. Health Affairs.20, (2), 332001.

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

CBS News; The New York Times (1992): CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll #2, October 1990. Version 1. CBS News/New York Times Poll Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.