CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll #1, March 2007 (ICPSR 23022)

Published: Oct 7, 2008

Principal Investigator(s):
CBS News; The New York Times


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This poll, fielded March 7-11, 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. This poll oversampled people who called themselves Republicans, providing an insight into the demographic characteristics and political perspectives of Republicans. All respondents were asked to say whether they approved of the way George W. Bush was handling his job as president and 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 United States Congress was handling its job. Several questions asked for respondents' opinions of the Democratic and Republican parties, the Bush administration, Vice President Dick Cheney, former President Bill Clinton, former Vice President Al Gore, and the 2008 presidential nominees. Respondents were asked how much attention they had been paying to the 2008 presidential election campaign, which candidate they would vote for if the election were being held that day, the ideal age of a president, and whether they thought Hillary Clinton made a mistake when voting for the Senate resolution authorizing military action in Iraq. Respondents who identified themselves as Republicans and Democrats were asked whether they had any close friends who belonged to the other party, whether their political counterparts shared the same goals and values, and whether they themselves had once belonged to the other party. These respondents were also asked about the qualities they looked for in their presidential nominee, which issues they felt most strongly about, and how often they visited political blog Web sites, listened to political call-in radio shows, and which cable news network they watched. Other questions asked about the situation in Iraq, including whether taking military action was the right thing to do, whether the number of troops should be increased, and whether Iran was a threat to the United States. Additional topics include respondents' opinions on the government, tax cuts, immigration, gay marriage, abortion, and Barry Bonds breaking Hank Aaron's record of 775 home runs. 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 children under 18 and household members between the ages of 18 and 24.

CBS News, and The New York Times. CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll #1, March 2007. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-10-07.

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2007-03-07 -- 2007-03-11

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

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

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

Value labels for unknown codes were added in variables Q12, Q13, Q42, and REPB.

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). An oversample of Republicans was also conducted for this poll, for a total of 698 interviews among this group.

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


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2008-10-07 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:

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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. The data were also adjusted 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 Republicans was also conducted for this poll. The results were then weighted in proportion to the average party distributions in previous 2007 CBS News and CBS News/New York Times Polls.


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