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CBS News National Poll, October #2, 2012 (ICPSR 34653)

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Summary:

This poll, the second of three fielded October 2012, is a part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicits public opinion on a range of political and social issues. A number of questions were asked about respondents' voting intentions for and opinions of the 2012 presidential campaign and election. Respondents were also asked if they approved of the way Barack Obama was handling the presidency, whether the country was headed in the right direction, and if the United States was more powerful as a world leader than ten years ago. Additional topics included the condition of the economy, the recent economic expansion of China, the war in Afghanistan, Iran, attacks on American embassies and consulates in the Middle East, and the killing of the United States ambassador in Libya. Demographic information includes sex, age, race, marital status, household composition, education level, household income, religious preference, type of residential area (e.g., urban or rural), political party affiliation, political philosophy, voting history, voter registration status, 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, October #2, 2012. ICPSR34653-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2013-07-10. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34653.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   Biden, Joe, cellular phones, economic conditions, embassies, foreign policy, Middle East, national debt, national economy, national security, Obama, Barack, presidency, presidential candidates, presidential debates, presidential elections, presidential performance, public opinion, Romney, Mitt, terrorism, unemployment, voter interest, voter registration, voters, voting behavior

Smallest Geographic Unit:   congressional district

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 2012-10

Date of Collection:  

  • 2012-10

Unit of Observation:   individual

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

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