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CBS News/New York Times National Survey, April #2, 2013 (ICPSR 34999)

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This poll, the last of two fielded April 2013, is part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicits public opinion on a range of political and social issues. Respondents were asked how Barack Obama was handling the presidency, foreign policy, the national economy, the threat of terrorism, the federal budget deficit, immigration, and gun policy. Multiple questions asked respondents how Congress was handling their job, including whether they thought members of Congress were interested in serving the people they represent or special interest groups, and whether they had favorable opinions of the Republican and Democratic parties in Congress. Opinions were also collected on the condition of the national economy, and which party respondents trusted to make the right decisions. Further questions asked respondents about their opinion of Islam, and whether they believed it encouraged violence. Respondents were also asked multiple questions about immigration, including whether terrorism has increased as a result of legal immigration, who they trusted more to make the right decisions concerning immigration, whether legal immigration should be increased, decreased, or stay the same, and whether respondents would vote for a candidate who does not share their view on immigration. Respondents were also asked multiple questions about the federal budget deficit including who they trusted more to make the right decisions, what effect it would have on the national economy, and how they would reduce the deficit. Additional topics included the budget sequestration, gun laws, the bombings at the Boston Marathon, and terrorism. Demographic information includes sex, age, race, marital status, education level, household income, religious preference, type of residential area (e.g., urban or rural), political party affiliation, political philosophy, and whether respondents thought of themselves as born-again Christians.

Series: CBS News/New York Times Poll Series

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Study Description


CBS News, and The New York Times. CBS News/New York Times National Survey, April #2, 2013. ICPSR34999-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2014-04-16. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34999.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   bombings, Democratic Party (USA), economic conditions, federal budget deficit, firearms, gun control, gun control legislation, illegal immigrants, immigrants, immigration, income tax, Islam, national economy, National Rifle Association, Obama, Barack, political parties, presidential performance, public opinion, Republican Party (USA), special interest groups, terrorism, United States Congress

Smallest Geographic Unit:   congressional district

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 2013-04

Date of Collection:  

  • 2013-04

Unit of Observation:   individual

Universe:   Persons aged 18 years or older living in households with telephones in the United States.

Data Types:   survey data


Sample:   This poll was conducted among 965 adults nationwide. Phone numbers were dialed from samples of both standard land-line and cell phones. The error due to sampling for results based on the entire sample could be plus or minus three percentage points. The error for subgroups may be higher. This poll release conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.

Time Method:   Cross-sectional

Weight:   The data contain a weight variable (WGHT) that should be used in analyzing the data. According to the CBS News Web site, the data were weighted to match the United States Census Bureau breakdowns on age, sex, race, education, and region of the country. The data were also adjusted for the fact that people who share a telephone with others have less chance to be contacted than people who live alone and have their own telephones, and that households with more than one telephone number have more chances to be called than households with only one telephone number.

Mode of Data Collection:   telephone interview

Extent of Processing:  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 online analysis version with question text.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


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Browse Matching Variables

Obama Handle Gun Policy
Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling gun policy?
Right Decision - Gun Laws
Who do you trust more to make the right decisions about gun laws -- the Republicans in Congress or Barack Obama?
Opinion Gun Control Laws
In general, do you think gun control laws should be made more strict, less strict, or kept as they are now?
Candidate Share Gun Policy
Is it possible you would ever vote for a candidate who does not share your views on gun policy, or is this issue so important that you could not vote for a candidate who disagrees with you?
Opinion Recent Senate Gun Vote
As you may know, the Senate recently voted AGAINST several measures that would have made the laws covering gun sales more strict. Which best describes how you feel about that -- enthusiastic, satisfied but not enthusiastic, disappointed but not angry, or angry?
Background Check
Do you favor or oppose a federal law requiring background checks on all potential gun buyers?
Own Firearm
These last few questions are for background only. Do you or does any other member of your household own a handgun, rifle, shot-gun, or any other kind of firearm? [IF YES, ASK:] Is that person you or someone else?
Problem Facing Country
What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today?


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