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Principal Investigator(s): CBS News; The New York Times
This poll, the first of two fielded September 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 on issues such as foreign policy, the economy, and health care. Data were collected on voter enthusiasm for the 2012 election, intentions to vote, as well as current opinions on election issues. Opinions were collected about the state of the nation, feelings about the future, and the direction that each presidential candidate would take the nation. Participants were also asked opinions on the favorability of the vice-presidential candidates Joe Biden and Paul Ryan, the presidential candidates' wives Michelle Obama and Ann Romney, as well as Bill Clinton. Further questions were asked about which candidate would do a better job handling issues such as health care, national debt, taxes, unemployment, and foreign policy. Finally, participants were polled on their opinions about important election issues such as abortion, same-sex marriage, taxes, and health care. 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, whether respondents were supporters of the Tea Party movement, whether respondents had children, and whether respondents thought of themselves as born-again Christians.
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CBS News, and The New York Times. CBS News/New York Times National Poll, September #1, 2012. ICPSR34632-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2013-07-10. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34632.v1
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34632.v1
Scope of Study
Subject Terms: abortion, Biden, Joe, Clinton, Bill, Democratic Party (USA), foreign policy, health care, job loss, job performance, Medicare, middle class, national debt, national economy, Obama, Barack, Obama, Michelle, presidency, presidential performance, public opinion, recession, Republican Party (USA), Romney, Mitt, Ryan, Paul, same-sex marriage, taxes, Tea Party movement, unemployment, United States Congress, voting behavior
Smallest Geographic Unit: congressional district
Geographic Coverage: United States
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: 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 weight variables that should be used in analyzing the data. 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.
Original ICPSR Release: 2013-07-10
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