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Study Report

Study Number: LA-112-001-1-1-USA-ICPSR-1983

Subject Area: Public Opinion on Political Matters, Political Participation

Bibliographic Citation: CBS News/New York Times national surveys, 1983.  [machine-readable data file] / CBS News  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 8243

Date Accessioned: 8/11/1997

Number of Files Received: 22

Comments: This study is on ICPSR CD-ROM release 0016.

This CD-ROM has a DOS overlay on the ISO 9660 format. It can be used on systems that can read ISO 9660 CD-ROM discs, including UNIX, DOS, Windows, and Macintosh. For some UNIX systems, files on this CD-ROM may require a dos2unix conversion.

Codebooks and other documentation are provided in Portable Document Format (PDF). These PDF files can be viewed, searched, and printed with the Adobe Acrobat Reader software included on this CD-ROM.

All data files are provided as text files (ASCII format). Some data files are provided in portable SPSS format as well. In addition, some data files are accompanied by SAS or SPSS data definition statements, which can be used to generate system files for SAS or SPSS. The file names used by these statements will have to be modified by the data user.

A readme file and a file containing abstracts of all datasets on this CD-ROM are provided in ASCII format. These files can be read by standard text editors. The readme file and abstract file are also provided as PDF files.

Access Status: Access restricted to U.W. Madison campus

Date Ordered: 8/11/1997

Documentation: Data file(s) are accompanied by SAS or SPSS data definition statements, which can be used to generate system files for SAS or SPSS. Study documentation (including codebook) is provided in Portable Document Format (PDF). See the DPLS Help with PDF Documents for information on this file format. See also the ICPSR Web Site for online access to the study documentation.

Abstract: These seven datasets are part of an ongoing data collection effort in which The New York Times and CBS News are equal partners. Each survey includes questions about President Reagan's performance in office, especially with respect to economic and foreign affairs. In addition, each survey includes questions about other social and political issues, as well as questions about respondents' personal backgrounds. The October survey was conducted in two waves, before and after President Reagan's speech about Grenada on October 27, 1983. The October samples are weighted separately, and two separate datasets for October are being released. The October datasets may be analyzed separately, or may be combined. In all of these surveys, respondents were interviewed by telephone, and selected from among eligible members in households selected by a random digit dialing technique. Part 1: Conducted January 16-19, 1983. 113 variables. 1597 individuals responded to questions about Reagan's handling of economic and foreign affairs, various proposals to reduce the federal deficit, unemployment, and social security. Part 2: Conducted April 7-11, 1983. 100 variables. 1489 individuals responded to questions about Reagan's handling of economic and foreign affairs, the environment, and defense policy. Respondents were also asked about their willingness to vote for a black candidate, candidates endorsed by labor unions, and candidates endorsed by homosexual organizations. Two versions of the questionnaire were used in an attempt to test alternative question wording. Part 3: Conducted June 20-26, 1983. 112 variables. 1365 individuals responded to questions about Reagan's presidency, possible Presidential candidates in 1984, foreign policy, economic policy, merit pay for public school teachers, federal spending on education, and tennis. Part 4: 'Plane' 1983. Conducted September 14, 1983. 44 variables. 705 respondents were asked several questions about the Korean passenger plane shot down by the Soviet Union in September 1983, including questions about American response to the attack. The questionnaire also included questions about Reagan's handling of foreign and economic policy. Part 5: Conducted September 24-28, 1983. 107 variables. Respondents were asked questions about telephone service, United States troops in Lebanon, possible Presidential candidates, an President Reagan's handling of economic and foreign policy. Two versions of the questionnaire were used in an attempt to test alternative question wording. (A question about the cease-fire agreement in Lebanon was included only in one of those versions.) Part 6: October 1983 (Prespeech). 51 variables. Conducted October 26, 1983, before President Reagan's speech on Grenada. Respondents were asked about United States troops in Grenada and Lebanon, the attack on the Marine barracks in Lebanon, and Reagan's handling of foreign policy. Part 7: October 1983 (Postspeech). 51 variables. Conducted October 27 1983, after President Reagan's speech on Grenada. Respondents were asked about United States troops in Grenada and Lebanon, the attack on the Marine barracks in Lebanon, and Reagan's handling of foreign policy.

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