Public-Interest Polling

Important Methodological Note:

Part 1 covers the basics of Y2K in questions: Q1 through Q10. Both half-samples A and B are asked the same questions in Part 1 (with minor exceptions in Q8 and Q10C). Thereafter, in Parts 2 and 3 (Q11-Q37), the two half-samples are asked different but related questions -- often very similar. The letters A or B before the question number indicates the half-sample. E.g., QA11 and QA10C are asked of the A half-sample, QB11 and QB10C of the B half-sample, etc. To minimize confusion, of the 48 questions that are identical in the old and the new survey, all have been given the same question numbers in both surveys. By use of letters following the question number, we have been able to do this while we follow the usual convention that the questions in both surveys were asked in numerical order. The question number then serves as the "name" of the question in both surveys as well as designating its place in the questionnaire. For the sake of clarity, in this Report the interpretation of the first ten questions is presented in Part 1, but the remaining questions are divided between two parts. Part 2 considers four large trend question-sets (batteries) and Part 3 covers all new questions under the theme of possibilities for public/government collaboration, cooperation, and mitigation of Y2K problems. Within each part, the question-sets are considered in numerical order. The first mention of a new survey question in the Analyses in this Report is always shown in bold.

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