CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll #1, February 2007 (ICPSR 23020)

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This poll, fielded February 8-11, 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 for their opinions of George W. Bush and his handling of the presidency and other issues such as foreign policy, the condition of the national economy, what was the most important problem facing the country, and whether they approved of the way the United States Congress was handling its job. Respondents were asked whether they had been paying attention to the 2008 presidential campaign, to give their opinions of Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, possible 2008 presidential candidates John McCain, Rudy Giuliani, and Mitt Romney, and the Democrats and Republicans in Congress, and whether candidates' positions on the Iraq War and on religion would affect their vote for president in 2008. Opinions were collected on the war in Iraq, including whether the Bush Administration should take into account the views of Congress and of most Americans when dealing with issues concerning Iraq, whether Iran was a threat to the United States that required military action, whether the United States should increase the number of troops in Iraq, how long United States troops would have to remain in Iraq, and whether Congress should pass a non-binding resolution against sending additional troops to Iraq. Additional topics included opinions about Hollywood celebrities' perspectives on political issues, providing care for an aging parent, climate changes, the government's ability to protect consumers from foodborne illnesses, and respondents' knowledge and opinions of various religions, including Christian fundamentalism, Mormonism, Catholicism, Protestantism, Judaism, and Islam. Demographic information includes sex, age, race, education level, household income, marital status, religious preference, frequency of religious attendance, type of residential area (e.g., urban or rural), political party affiliation, political philosophy, voter registration status and participation history, and the presence of household members between the ages of 18 and 24.

CBS News, and The New York Times. CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll #1, February 2007. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-01-23.

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2007-02-08 -- 2007-02-11

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.

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

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).

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

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2018-02-15 The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented. The previous citation was:
  • CBS News, and The New York Times. CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll #1, February 2007. ICPSR23020-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-01-23.

2009-01-23 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.

The data contain a weight variable (WGHT) 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. 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.


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