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CBS News/New York Times Poll, May #2, 2013 (ICPSR 36056)

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


This poll, the last of two fielded May 2013, 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, the economy, foreign policy, the threat of terrorism, and immigration. Opinions were collected on how well Congressional Republicans and Democrats were performing their job and the degree of gridlock in Washington. Respondents were asked to gauge the condition of the housing and job markets as well as the economy in general. This survey also asked respondents to provide the most important issue facing the nation. It also asked about respondent opinions on the budget sequestration, immigration reform, affirmative action, gun control, the use of unmanned aircraft (drones) in the Middle East, the voting rights act of 1965, the detention of prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, and same-sex marriage. Respondents were also asked about their views on the 2012 attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and IRS scandals. Demographic information include sex, age, race, marital status, education level, household income, religious preference, type of residential area (e.g., urban or rural), political party affiliation, political philosophy, voter-registration status, and whether respondents think of themselves as 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 Poll, May #2, 2013. ICPSR36056-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2015-10-28. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36056.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36056.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Affirmative Action, budget sequestration, cellular phones, economic conditions, foreign policy, Guantanamo Bay detention camp, gun control, gun ownership, health insurance, immigration, Internal Revenue Service, job loss, Middle East, national economy, presidential performance, public opinion, same-sex marriage, telephones, terrorism, unemployment, United States Congress, voting behavior

Smallest Geographic Unit:    State

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2013-05-31--2013-06-04

Date of Collection:   

  • 2013-05-31--2013-06-04

Unit of Observation:    Individual

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

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Additional information about the CBS News Poll can be found at the CBS News Polls Web site.


Sample:    This poll was conducted by telephone from May 31-June 4, 2013 among 1,022 adults nationwide. Data collection was conducted on behalf of CBS News/The New York Times by Social Science Research Solutions of Media, PA. Phone numbers were dialed from samples of both standard land-line and cell phones. The error due to sampling for results based on the entire sample could be plus or minus three percentage points. The error for subgroups may be higher. Interviews were conducted in English and Spanish. This poll release conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.

Time Method:    Cross-sectional

Weight:    The data contain a weight variable (WEIGHT) that should be used in analyzing the data. According to the CBS News Web site, the data were weighted to match the 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:

  • Standardized missing values.
  • Created online analysis version with question text.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   2015-10-28



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