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CBS News Monthly Poll #2, September 2007 (ICPSR 22585)

Principal Investigator(s): CBS News


This poll, fielded September 4-8, 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 George W. Bush was handling his job as president, whether they approved of the way Bush was handling the war in Iraq, the economy, and the United States campaign against terrorism. Respondents were also asked whether they approved of the way Congress was handling its job and what they thought was the most important problem facing the country. Respondents were asked to rate the condition of the national economy and were asked whether they thought the economy was getting better. Information was collected on a number of questions about health care, whether respondents were satisfied with the quality of health care, whether they were satisfied with the cost of health care, and whether the United States should have universal health care or keep it the way it is. Respondents were queried on how much attention they had payed to the testimony to Congress by General Petraeus on the state of the war in Iraq and whether they watched or listened to President Bush's speech on the war in Iraq. Opinions were sought on candidates Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, Mitt Romney, Fred Thompson, John Edwards, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and Hillary Clinton. Respondents were then asked whether they were satisfied with the candidates running for the Democratic nomination for president, whether they were satisfied with the candidates running for the Republican nomination for president, whether they thought the United States did the right thing in taking military action against Iraq, whether the United States will succeed in Iraq, and a number of other questions about the troops in Iraq. Respondents were asked whether they thought the United States had a responsibility to make sure that Iraq had a stable government, whether they thought Iraq would have a stable democracy in the next few years, how confident they were that the United States had the ability to capture or kill Osama Bin Laden, and whether they served in the armed forces or had any family members that did. Demographic information includes sex, age, race, marital status, education level, household income, military service, religious preference, type of residential area (e.g., urban or rural), political party affiliation, political philosophy, and voter registration status.

Series: CBS News/New York Times Poll Series

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Study Description


CBS News. CBS News Monthly Poll #2, September 2007. ICPSR22585-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-06-22. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR22585.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR22585.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    armed forces, attitudes, Biden, Joe, bin Laden, Osama, Bush, George W., Clinton, Hillary, Democratic Party (USA), Edwards, John, Giuliani, Rudolph, health care, health care costs, health care reform, health insurance, Iraq War, McCain, John, national economy, Obama, Barack, presidential performance, primary elections, public opinion, Republican Party (USA), Romney, Mitt, terrorism, terrorist attacks, Thompson, Fred, United States Congress

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2007-09

Date of Collection:   

  • 2007-09-14--2007-09-16

Unit of Observation:    individual

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

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

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


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. 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:

  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Created online analysis version with question text.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   2011-06-22



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