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CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll #1, September 2006 (ICPSR 4624)

Principal Investigator(s): CBS News; The New York Times


This poll, conducted September 15-19, 2006, is part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicit public opinion on the presidency and on a range of other political and social issues. Respondents were asked whether they approved of the way President George W. Bush was handling the presidency and issues such as foreign policy and the economy. Respondents were asked to voice their views and concerns about the most important problem facing the country, the condition of the national economy, their own household's financial security, how things were going in the United States compared to five years ago, and how they expected things would be in the future. Opinions were collected on members of the United States Congress, Senators Hillary Clinton and John McCain, and the Republican and Democratic parties. A series of questions addressed the upcoming congressional election, which issues should be the priority of the Congress elected in November, and how often the federal government could be trusted to do what was right. Opinions were solicited on the campaign against terrorism, the war in Iraq, the United States involvement in the Middle East, al Qaeda, the threat of Islamic fundamentalism, the treatment of terrorist suspects, the country of Israel, and the possible development of nuclear weapons in Iran. Information was also collected on how often respondents purchased environmentally friendly products and engaged in environmentally friendly acts. Demographic information includes sex, age, race, education level, household income, marital status, religious preference, political party affiliation, political philosophy, voter registration status and participation history, type of residential area (e.g., urban or rural), the presence of children and household members between the ages of 18 and 24, and whether respondents considered themselves to be 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 Monthly Poll #1, September 2006. ICPSR04624-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-04-11. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04624.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04624.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    al Qaeda, attitudes, Bush Administration (George W., 2001-2009), Bush, George W., Clinton, Hillary, congressional elections, Democratic Party (USA), environmental attitudes, federal government, international conflict, Iraq War, McCain, John, national economy, national security, personal finances, political parties, presidency, presidential performance, prisoners of war, public opinion, Republican Party (USA), terrorism, terrorist threat, torture, United States Congress, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2006-09

Date of Collection:   

  • 2006-09-15--2006-09-19

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    Persons aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in the contiguous 48 United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The data available for download are not weighted, and users will need to weight the data prior to analysis.

The CASEID variable was reformatted in order to make it a unique identifier.

The value label for code 38 in variable Q4 was assumed to be outdated and was changed to refer to the president in office at the time of the survey.

Truncated value labels in Q4, Q21, Q75, and EDUC were corrected.

Value labels for unknown codes were added in variables Q4, Q21, Q39, Q40, PTYL, and KIDS.


Sample:    A variation of random-digit dialing using primary sampling units (PSUs) was employed, consisting of blocks of 100 telephone numbers identical through the eighth digit and stratified by geographic region, area code, and size of place. 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).

Weight:    The data contain weights that should be used for analysis.

Mode of Data Collection:    telephone interview


Original ICPSR Release:   2008-04-11

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