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CBS News National Poll, January #1, 2012 (ICPSR 34589) RSS

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Summary:

This poll, the first of three fielded January 2012, is a part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicits public opinion on a range of political and social issues. Respondents were asked how well Barack Obama was handling the presidency, foreign policy, and the economy. Opinions were collected on whether Congress was performing their job well, and the state of the national economy. Multiple questions asked about respondents' views concerning the 2012 primary and presidential elections, including who their preferred Republican nominee is, which candidate could best handle key issues, and which nominee would be most likely to win against President Obama. Additional topics include the level of attention the respondents paid to the 2012 presidential campaigns, their overall enthusiasm concerning the election, whether they were registered to vote, and general satisfaction with the choices of presidential candidates. Demographic information includes sex, age, race, marital status, education level, household income, employment status, 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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CBS News. CBS News National Poll, January #1, 2012. ICPSR34589-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2013-04-19. doi:10.3886/ICPSR34589.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   Bachmann, Michele, Democratic Party (USA), elections, foreign policy, Gingrich, Newt, Huntsman, Jon, national economy, Obama, Barack, Paul, Ron, Perry, Rick, political parties, presidency, presidential performance, public opinion, Republican Party (USA), Romney, Mitt, Santorum, Rick, United States Congress, voters, voting behavior

Smallest Geographic Unit:   congressional district

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 2012-01

Date of Collection:  

  • 2012-01

Unit of Observation:   individual

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

Data Types:   survey data

Methodology

Sample:   A variation of random-digit dialing (RDD) 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. Phone numbers were dialed from RDD samples of both standard land-lines and cell phones. 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 a weight variable that should be used in analyzing the data. According to the CBS News Web site, the data were weighted to match 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:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

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