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CBS News/New York Times New York City Poll, August #1, 2012 (ICPSR 34633)

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


This poll, the first of two fielded August 2012, is part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicits public opinion on a range of political and social issues. Respondents were asked their opinion of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's job performance, his amendment of mayor term limits, and whether they approved his handling of crime in the city. Data were collected on general aspects of respondents' lives in New York City, including opinions on their long range view of the city's livability, the city's economy, the city's most important issue, whether they had plans to relocate, whether they held a good or bad image of the city, and who they voted for mayor in 2009. Further opinions were solicited on the state of New York City police and law enforcement, including views on the "stop and frisk" tactic, ethnic group targeting, and whether they approved of Ray Kelly's job performance as New York City Police Commissioner. Questions were also raised on the bicycle lane, bike sharing program and respondents' bicycle riding frequency. Furthermore, respondents were asked about the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, whether they favored the new arena, and how frequently they would attend games. They were also queried on their eating habits, including frequency of dinner in restaurants, the cost at the restaurant, and how often they ate street food. Additional topics included soda preference and the soda ban, opinions of Anthony Weiner, and the noise problem in New York City. Demographic information includes sex, age, race, marital status, education level, employment status, household income, religious preference, political party affiliation, political philosophy, voting behavior, borough of residence, and whether respondents were registered to vote.

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 New York City Poll, August #1, 2012. ICPSR34633-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2013-05-24. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34633.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34633.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Bloomberg, Michael, crime, eating habits, economic conditions, ethnic discrimination, government performance, health, law enforcement, noise pollution, policy, professional sports, public opinion, racial attitudes, relocation, shopping, term limits, voter preferences, voter registration, Weiner, Anthony

Smallest Geographic Unit:    New York City borough

Geographic Coverage:    New York (state), New York City, United States

Time Period:   

  • 2012-08

Date of Collection:   

  • 2012-08

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    Persons aged 18 years and older living in households with telephones in New York City.

Data Type(s):    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).

Time Method:    Cross-sectional

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.


Original ICPSR Release:   2013-05-24



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