New York Times/Cornell University/NY1 News New York State Poll, May 2009 (ICPSR 26949)

Published: Apr 27, 2010

Principal Investigator(s):
The New York Times; Cornell University; NY1 News


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This special topic poll, fielded May 29-June 3, 2009, focuses on the opinions of 1,057 residents of the state of New York, including 683 residents of New York City. Residents were asked whether things in the state of New York and New York City were going in the right direction, the condition of the state and local economy, and whether they wanted to be living in the same place in four years. Views were sought on David Patterson and his handling of the job of governor of New York, the New York State Legislature, United States Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former New York City Mayors Eliot Spitzer and Rudolph Giuliani, New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson, and Archbishop Timothy Dolan. Information was collected on the respondent's financial situation, including job loss in the household in the past 12 months, the affordability of eating out, and their ability to make major purchases and pay off debt. New York City residents were asked about Bloomberg's handling of his job as mayor, his political party affiliation, the quality of life in New York City and whether it had improved or gotten worse since Bloomberg became mayor, New York City term limit laws, the city's response to the H1N1 or swine flu outbreak, and whether respondents were a Yankee or Mets fan. Additional topics addressed same-sex marriage; proposals to fight obesity, including raising taxes on candy, chips, and soda pop; banning the advertisement of these products during children's television programming; and requiring restaurants to list nutritional information on menus. Demographic variables include sex, age, race, education level, marital status, household income, employment status, political party affiliation, political philosophy, voter registration status and participation history, religious preference, whether respondents had children under the age of 18 years living in the household, whether their child attended a public or private school, and whether anyone in the household belonged to a labor union or was employed by the city of New York.

The New York Times, Cornell University, and NY1 News. New York Times/Cornell University/NY1 News New York State Poll, May 2009. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2010-04-27.

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2009-05-29 -- 2009-06-03

Some questions were asked only of New York City residents, as identified in the variable GEC.

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

Truncated value labels in variables EDUC and Q19 were corrected.

Interviews were collected in both English and Spanish, as indicated in the variable HISP.

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

A value label for an unknown code was added in variable KAPP.

The statewide sample of respondents was selected by a computer from a complete list of telephone exchanges across New York state, with each region of the state represented in proportion to its population. For each exchange, the telephone numbers were formed by random digits, allowing for access to listed and unlisted numbers. For the New York City sample, the sample of telephone exchanges called was selected by a computer from a list of exchanges in the city. For each exchange, the telephone numbers were formed by random digits, thus permitting access to listed and unlisted numbers. To increase coverage, the land-line sample was supplemented by respondents reached through random dialing of cellphone numbers and the two samples were then combined. Within each household, one adult was designated by a random procedure to be the respondent for the survey.

Persons aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in the state of New York.


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telephone interview



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The data contain a weight variable (WGHT) that should be used in analyzing the data. The combined results have been weighted to adjust for variations in the sample relating to sex, race, Hispanic origin, marital status, age and education. In addition, the land-line respondents were weighted to take into account the household size and number of phone lines in the household, while the cellphone respondents were weighted according to whether they were reachable only by cell phone or also by land line.


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