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CBS News Poll, July 2013 (ICPSR 36058)

Principal Investigator(s): CBS News


This poll, fielded in July 2013, is a part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicit 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, stock, and job markets as well as the economy. This survey also asked respondents to provide the most important issue on which Congress should concentrate. Respondents were asked their level of confidence in the Federal Reserve and in Congress. It also asked about respondent opinions of health care reform, phone tapping, the federal budget sequester, immigration reform, abortion, and same-sex marriage. 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. CBS News Poll, July 2013. ICPSR36058-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2015-10-16. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36058.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36058.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    abortion, budget sequestration, Democratic Party (USA), Federal Reserve System, foreign policy, health care access, health care reform, health insurance, immigration, national economy, Obama, Barack, presidency, presidential performance, privacy, public opinion, Republican Party (USA), same-sex marriage, stock market conditions, Tea Party movement, terrorism, United States Congress, voting behavior

Smallest Geographic Unit:    State

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2013-07-18--2013-07-22

Date of Collection:   

  • 2013-07-18--2013-07-22

Unit of Observation:    individual

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

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

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


Study Purpose:    The purpose of this study is to solicit public opinion on current political and social issues in the United States.

Sample:    This poll was conducted by telephone from July 18-22, 2013 among 1,036 adults nationwide. Data collection was conducted on behalf of CBS News 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.

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:   2015-10-16



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