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CBS News Monthly Poll #3, January 2007 (ICPSR 21921)

Principal Investigator(s): CBS News


This poll, fielded January 18-21, 2007, is a part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicits public opinion on the presidency and on a range of other political and social issues. Respondents were asked whether they approved of the way President George W. Bush was handling the presidency. They were also asked to give their opinions on other issues such as foreign policy, to rate the condition of the national economy, to identify the most important problem facing the country, and to say whether they approved of the way Congress was handling its job. Opinions were solicited on the newly elected Congress, whether the United States was ready to elect a woman or a Black president, and which candidates respondents would vote for in the 2008 presidential race. A series of questions asked for respondents' opinions of Vice President Dick Cheney, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and the potential 2008 Democratic and Republican presidential candidates. Information was collected on the Iraq war, including whether the United States did the right thing in taking military action against Iraq, whether the number of United States troops should be increased, whether Congress should block funding for the war in Iraq, how important a stable democracy in Iraq is to the security interests of the United States, and whether the United States' involvement in the Iraq War is comparable to its involvement in the Vietnam War. Information was also collected on whether respondents watched or listened to President Bush's speech earlier in the month on the war in Iraq, whether they were going to watch President Bush's State of the Union address on January 23, and which issues they would like Bush to spend more time talking about. Additional topics include the Social Security system, tax cuts, the Duke University lacrosse team sexual harassment case, embryonic stem cell research, abortion, global warming, immigration, and racial bias within the United States criminal justice system. Demographic information includes sex, age, race, education level, household income, marital status, religious preference, type of residential area (e.g., urban or rural), political party affiliation, political philosophy, voter registration status and participation history, and the presence of children and household members between the ages of 18 and 24.

Series: CBS News/New York Times Poll Series

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Study Description


CBS News. CBS News Monthly Poll #3, January 2007. ICPSR21921-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-09-26. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR21921.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR21921.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    abortion, attitudes, Bush Administration (George W., 2001-2009), Bush, George W., Clinton, Hillary, Democratic Party (USA), federal budget, foreign policy, global warming, immigration, Iraq War, national economy, Obama, Barack, Pelosi, Nancy, political parties, presidency, presidential candidates, presidential performance, public opinion, Republican Party (USA), sexual assault, social security, stem cell research, terrorism, United States Congress, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2007-01

Date of Collection:   

  • 2007-01-18--2007-01-21

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    Persons aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in the contiguous 48 United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The data available for download are not weighted and users will need to weight the data prior to analysis.

This data collection was produced by CBS News, New York, New York.

This poll includes an oversample of Black respondents, as indicated in the OSMP variable.

The CASEID variable was reformatted in order to make it a unique identifier.


Sample:    A variation of random-digit dialing 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. 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). An oversample of Black respondents was also conducted for this poll.

Weight:    The data contain weight variables that should be used in analyzing the data. According the CBS News Web site, data were weighted to match United States Census Bureau breakdowns on age, sex, race, education, and region of the country, and to adjust for the fact that people who share a phone with others have less chance to be contacted than people who live alone and have their own phones, and that households with more than one telephone number have more chances to be called than households with only one phone number. An oversample of Black respondents was conducted for this poll, and the results were then weighted in proportion to the racial composition of the adult population in the United States Census.

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:   2008-09-26



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