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CBS News National Poll, November #1, 2011 (ICPSR 34474)

Principal Investigator(s): CBS News


This poll, fielded November 2011, and the first of three, is 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, foreign policy, terrorism, and the economy. Further questions were asked about the state of the national economy, the implementation of a flat rate tax, whether Congress was performing their job well, whether respondents supported the Tea Party movement, and their opinions about Islam. Respondents were also asked how much attention they were paying to the 2012 campaign, whether they planned to vote in a 2012 primary or caucus, whether they watched or listened to the Republican debates, which candidate they preferred for the Republican nomination and how sure they were about this choice, and about their enthusiasm for the 2012 election. Opinions were sought about various Republican candidates, such as Mitt Romney, and particular attention was paid to the allegation of harassment against Herman Cain. Respondents were queried on what the United States policy should be towards changing dictatorships to democracies, use of military force, and the authorization of the killing of an American citizen in a foreign country if that person is a known terrorist. Additional topics include terrorism, interrogation tactics, the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, the Iraq War, the war in Afghanistan, United States involvement in Libya, the weapon threat in North Korea, and the establishment of a Palestinian state, as well as respondents' opinions about Israel, China, Pakistan, and Iran. Demographic information includes sex, age, race, marital status, education level, household income, employment status, religious preference, whether respondents thought of themselves as born-again Christians, type of residential area (e.g., urban or rural), political party affiliation, political philosophy, voter registration status, voting behavior, number of phones and household composition.

Series: CBS News/New York Times Poll Series

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Study Description


CBS News. CBS News National Poll, November #1, 2011. ICPSR34474-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2013-01-10. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34474.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34474.v1

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Scope of Study


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:   2013-01-10



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