Datasets on Business and the Economy


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American Jobs and Foreign Competition

Study# USPSRA2004-NW05
Survey firm: Princeton Survey Research Associates International
Survey Sponsor: Newsweek
Dates: February 19-20, 2004
Sample: National adult
Sample size: 1,019
Variables: 74
Major topics covered:
Interest in politics (1); Democratic presidential candidates (3); George W. Bush vs. John Kerry (2); George W. Bush vs. John Edwards (2); Would you vote for Bush/Cheney or Kerry Edwards (1); George W. Bush job performance (8); Would/Wouldn’t like to see George W. Bush get re-elected (1); How likely that George W. Bush will be re-elected (1); Opinion of people in politics (4); George W. Bush an honest person by nature (1); Controversy over George W. Bush’s service in National Guard (1); Important issues in determining vote for president this year (7); Most important issue in deciding which Democratic candidate to support (1); John Kerry/John Edwards (4); George W. Bush should keep Dick Cheney as running mate/replace Cheney with someone else (1); Free trade agreements like NAFTA and the WTO have been good/bad for the US (1); Emergence of China as an economic superpower has been good/bad for the US (1); Worried/not worried about a major wage earner in family losing job (1); Agree/disagree that “outsourcing” of American service jobs to other countries is not only inevitable but is good for Americans (1); Possible reasons for the loss of American jobs to Foreign competitors (6); George W. Bush/John Kerry/John Edwards would do the best job of protecting American jobs and creating new ones (1); Same sex-marriage (3); Marriage is a legal/religious matter (1); Being married improves a person’s ability to raise children and be a good parent/doesn’t make much difference (1).

Taxes Study

Study# USICR2003-NPR012
Survey sponsor: Kaiser Family Foundation/NPR/Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government
Survey firm: ICR–International Communications Research
Dates: February 5-March 17, 2003
Sample: National adult
Sample size: 1,339
Variables: 150
Major topics covered:
Economy (1); personal finances (1); trust federal government in Washington to do what is right (1); more important having the government provide needed services/cutting taxes (2); present federal tax system (2); federal income tax (1); lowering taxes/keeping down the federal deficit more important (1); lowering taxes/maintaining spending levels on domestic programs more important (1); which kinds of taxes dislike the most (1); what should tax system be used for (1); has/has not been a federal tax cut in the past two years (1); how does federal income tax system work (1); Social Security/Medicare taxes (1); terms related to taxes and the federal tax system (5); think Americans pay higher/smaller/same percentage of income in taxes than citizens of Western European countries (1); high/middle/lower income group pays highest percentage of their income in total federal taxes in U.S. (2); groups that pay/do not pay their fair share of federal taxes (4); fair share of tax deductions and credits (1); is/is not responsibility of government to reduce differences in income (2); most bothersome thing about taxes (1); cheating on taxes (2); flat-rate tax system (8); complexity of current federal income tax system (6); think it is fair/unfair that one family pays less tax than another family with the same income for different reasons (5); proposal to do away with personal income taxes on corporate dividends (3); cutting certain taxes would/would not stimulate the economy (4); President Bush's 2001 tax cuts (4); family would/would not benefit from income tax cuts (1); what would do with a $300 per person tax rebate (1); federal estate tax (16); national sales tax (8); decisions made in last year in order to pay less taxes (3); what income level makes someone wealthy (6); pay more federal income tax/Social Security and Medicare tax over the course of a year (1); Republicans/Democrats would do the best when it comes to dealing with the federal tax system (1); own/rent home (1); own stocks (2); have ever done certain things in order to pay less in taxes (4); did/did not itemize deductions last year (1); eligible/not eligible for Earned Income Tax Credit last time filed (2); more closely share President Bush's/Democrats' views on federal tax cuts (1).

Bush's Social Security Plan

Study# USPSRA2005-NW01
Survey firm: Princeton Survey Research Associates International
Survey sponsor: Newsweek
Dates: February 3-4, 2005
Sample: National adult
Sample size: 1,009
Sample notes: There are 2 forms for this study located in column 16. Form A=1; Form B=2.
Variables: 40
Major topics covered:
George W. Bush job performance (1); do/do not expect that Social Security will be able to pay all benefits entitled to when retired (1); funding crisis for Social Security (2); best way to run Social Security (1); what would respondent support to keep Social Security financially solvent in the future (2); President Bush's proposals to change Social Security (3); individual retirement accounts (3); stock market's rate of return (2); investing Social Security money in stock market (1); do/do not think current retirees are too greedy and unwilling to make sacrifices to improve Social Security system (1); do/do not now have any money invested in stock market (1).

2001 Poverty in America

Study# USICR2001-NPR007
Survey firm: ICR–International Communications Research
Survey sponsor: Kaiser Family Foundation/NPR/Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government
Dates: January 4-February 27, 2001
Sample: National adult
Sample size: 1,952
Variables: 260
Major topics covered:
Most important issues for government to address (2); poverty a big problem (1); economy (1); personal finances (3); causes of poverty (12); poor people in U.S. (5); what income level makes a family poor (1); least amount of money a family of four can get by on in a year (1); easier/harder to get out of poverty today than ten years ago (1); what portion of poor people are African American (1); government spending on poor people (3); credit/blame for federal government for making it easier/harder for poor people to get out of poverty (1); support/oppose ways government could help poor in America (14); willing/not willing to pay more taxes to help poor (2); welfare recipients (6); new welfare law (8); reasons why new welfare law is working well (5); reason new welfare law is not working well (1); self/family poor (2); poor friends (1); serious problems in immediate family in past year (10); self/family ever received welfare/public assistance benefits (7); friends ever received welfare/public assistance (2); worry about becoming poor (1); rate housing (1); rate health care coverage (1); rate safety of neighborhood (1); use of services for children (4); who pays for services for children (3); unable to get child care services (2); satisfied/unsatisfied with child care arrangements (1); why not have better child care (1); convenient supermarket/bank where respondent lives (1); satisfaction with work (1); commute to work/school (1); helping the poor (4); pressure from government to find job (1); change one thing about current welfare system (1); government will help responded or have to rely on self (1); most people on welfare black or white (1); 2000 presidential election (2).


Survey firm: Program on International Policy Attitudes
Date: 1999
Sample: National Adult
Sample size: 1,826
Variables: 157
Major topics covered: Economy (8): globalization (3): government involvement in globalization (1): growth of international trade (32): Strength of international institutions (5): importing into US (4): government involvement in retraining workers (3): free trade (2): popularity of USbusiness/tv shows (1): US involvement in other countries (3): exporting goods out of US (3): US international trade policy (7): minimum standards of workers (6): UN peacekeeping (1): human rights violations (5): environmental standards for businesses (13): violations of international labor standards (13): world court decisions (2): "fast track" authority (2): hunger in US (1): gap between rich and poor (1) police brutaility (2): countries supporting terrorism (2): nuclear/chemical weapons (5): countires violating international labor standards (4): countries killing sea turtles during shrimp harvesting (2): Mexico killing dolphins during tuna harvesting (1): foreign investments (1): WTO (3): NAFTA (1): Asia (1): citizens of the worls or US (1): US moral responsibility (1): aid to farmers (1): American popular culture (2): taxes on imported goods (1): UN in East Timor

Travel Survey

Study# USAPICR2003-820
Survey firm: ICR–International Communications Research
Survey sponsor: Associated Press
Dates: May 14-18, 2003
Sample: National adult
Sample size: 1,020
Variables: 89
Major topics covered:
Primary method to go on vacation (1); Destination for vacation (1); Amount spent on vacation (2); Economy or terrorism stopped vacations (1).

NORC Poll: The National Organization Study II

Study# USNORC2002-NOS
Survey firm: National Opinion Research Center [NORC]
Survey sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institute of Ocuppational Safety and Health (NTOSH), and the Commonwealth Fund
Dates: October 24, 2002-May 16, 2003
Sample: Business Organizations
Sample size: 516
Sample notes: This study is a follow-up to the 2002 General Social Survey (GSS) and the sample is constructed from that dataset.
Variables: 368
Major topics covered:
Respondent's establishment is a for-profit/not-for-profit organization (1); legal form of establishment (1); establishment is public/private (1); in what year was establishment first established (1); establishment is part of a larger organization/completely independent (1); in what way is establishment part of a larger organization (1); name of larger organization (1); in what year was larger organization first established (1); operating sites of larger organization (1); number of employees at larger organization as of March 1, 2002 (1); number of employees at establishment as of March 1, 2002 (3); percentage of female employees (3); percentage of white employees (3); percentage of black employees (3); number of employees has increased/decreased/remained the same compared to one year ago (2); by what percentage has workforce increased/decreased (2); percentage of permanent workforce that quit their jobs in past year (1); percentage of permanent workforce that left involuntarily (1); percentage of permanent workforce on temporary layoff at some point during the past year (1); percentage of permanent employees who are illiterate/have very low literacy (1); on-call workers (3); temporary or contract workers on payroll of another firm (15); workers at establishment who are independent contractors/independent consultants/freelancers (3); short-term temporary workers (3); employees on payroll who work primarily at home in a typical week (5); employees on payroll who work primarily at off-site location other than home/work on the road (3); percentage of employees who work at home/another off-site location that use computers (1); organization has/has not made any commitment to employees to avoid layoffs (1); any employees represented by unions (2); establishment produces a product/delivers a service/both (1); main product produced/service provided by establishment (1); job title for employees most directly involved with main product/service (1); how easy for establishment to hire employees with necessary skills (1); formal job training (5); employees covered by union contract (1); job vacancies (2); different levels of employees (1); promotion procedures (3); team work (4); cross-trained employees (1); job rotation (1); how often do employees transfer to another job family (1); how much choice do employees have concerning best way to accomplish their assignments (1); how closely employees are supervised (1); employees paid using group incentives (1); any employees receive pay for learning new skills (1); any employees participate in a profit-sharing or bonus program (1); head of organization/middle manager/supervisor/someone below supervisor/employee makes final decision about worker schedules and overtime (1); employees allowed/not allowed to change starting and quitting times on a daily basis (1); average length of a workday (1); how many days per week do employees come to work (1); number of hours per week employees usually work (1); percentage of employees officially or unofficially required to work over forty hours per week (1); any employees work a compressed week (1); common/uncommon types of work schedules (5); rotation between shifts (2); establishment does/does not offer training or counseling to help employees cope with shift work (1); staff whose primary responsibility is to train other employees (1); sexual harassment training for managers (1); diversity training program for managers (1); training specifically on workplace violence (4); human resource management strategies (2); established committee that meets regularly about worker safety (1); percentage of nonmanagerial and nonsupervisory employees currently involved in self-managed teams (1); percentage of nonmanagerial and nonsupervisory employees currently involved in quality circles or employee involvement groups/committees (1); percentage of employees eligible for performance-based pay, bonuses, or profit-sharing (3); percentage of employees who received performance-based payments in 2001 (1); what percent of annual pay does typical employee get in variable performance-based pay (1); what percent of employees have any ownership in company/own any shares of stock in it (1); what percent of employees received stock options in the last year (1); to what extent does company have employee ownership for most employees as a central part of company culture (1); what percent of employees receive a regular performance appraisal (1); how much money do employees earn (3); workers with a serious mental illness (10); establishment does/does not offer medical or hospital insurance to any employees (1); waiting period for employees to be eligible in health benefits program (2); how many employees currently eligible for health insurance/benefits (2); how many employees currently participating in health benefits program (1); how many hours a week must a part time employee work to be eligible for health benefits (1); mental health benefits (5); annual limit on mental health visits (2); number of different health insurance plans made available for employees (1); total monthly premium for coverage in health insurance plan (4); how much money does establishment contribute toward monthly premium for medical or hospital benefits (4); annual per-person deductible (2); how much do employees pay as an out-of-pocket copayment for each physician office visit (2); by what percentage have health insurance premium costs increased in past year (1); expected increase in premiums for currently offered health plans in 2003 (1); different strategies to cope with rising costs of health insurance (4); did/did not attempt to offset some of cost of premium increases with lower wage increases than might otherwise have given in past year (1); establishment does/does not offer medical or hospital benefits to its retirees beyond an eighteen-month transition period (1); health insurance for dependent children of employees (2); new health benefit designs (1); how likely that establishment will increase share of premiums that employees pay for health insurance in next year (1); how likely that establishment will increase employee copayments or coinsurance rates in next year (1); have/have not offered health insurance benefits to employees at any time within past two years (1); owner or top manager does/does not have personal health insurance benefits paid for by establishment (1); how extensive are health benefits compared to other employers in community (1); importance of health insurance benefits when trying to recruit people (2); contributions of health benefits to workplace (3); organization's views regarding possible public policies designed to increase insurance coverage of working Americans (3); how important is it that all employers share in cost of health insurance for employees (1); how interested would be in employees getting coverage through same insurance program that covers state employees or members of Congress (1); tax credit to help low-income workers pay for health insurance (3); which public policy would favor to cover uninsured workers (1); COBRA insurance (2); health services provided for employees other than services included in normal health insurance plan (6); who decides where an injured or ill employee goes to an off-site clinic or provider (1); injured/ill employees usually go to a local emergency room/somewhere else when they have to go off-site to get care (1); managing diseases, illnesses, or conditions that affect some employees at work (6); other employee benefits besides health insurance (4); pension or retirement program for employees (4); what does establishment offer for time off for employees (3); day care for employees' children (2); parental leaves for employees who have just had children (2); how many separate departments report directly to person in charge (1); separate department for personnel or labor relations (1); separate department for Equal Employment Opportunity or Affirmative Action matters (1); number of vertical levels between highest and lowest positions (1); what documents exist at establishment (6); formal procedures for resolving disputes between employees and their supervisors or coworkers (1); complaints about various kinds of harassment or discrimination (5); respondent does/does not require job candidates to take psychological tests to determine whether they are at risk for committing acts of violence in the workplace (1); separate department/section/officer responsible for worker safety (1); types of security at establishment (4); sources for information on occupational safety and health (3); workplace violence in past year (7); number of burglaries/robberies at establishment in past year (1); number of times sabotage has occurred at establishment in past year (1); sexual harassment at establishment in past year (4); verbal or written threats at establishment in past year (5); bullying at establishment in past year (4); incivility at workplace in past year (2); services provided by establishment after a violent incident occurs (6); establishment does/does not hold regular staff meetings in which employees can voice their opinions (1); safety is/is not an element in performance appraisals (2); establishment's main market or service area (3); how establishment is currently performing compared with other establishments doing same kind of work (5); general relationship between management and employees (1); personal evaluation of how hard people work compared with those at other similar establishments (1); how employees would rate establishment (4); accident or injury rate during past year (1); number of worker compensation claims filed by employees over past two years (1).

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