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CBS News Monthly Poll, November 2009 (ICPSR 30405)

Principal Investigator(s): CBS News

Summary:

This special topic poll, fielded November 13-15, 2009, is a part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicit public opinion on the presidency and on a range of other political and social issues. This poll surveyed 873 adults in the United States. Respondents were asked whether they approved of the way Barack Obama was handling the presidency, foreign policy, the economy, the situation in Afghanistan, health care, and the shooting incident at Fort Hood, Texas. Respondents were also asked whether they approved of the way Congress was handling its job, how they would rate the national economy, whether they thought the economic stimulus package created jobs, whether or not the United States should close Guantanamo Bay, and whether abortion should be available. Opinions were solicited about whether respondents approved of Sarah Palin, whether they approved of the way Democrats and Republicans in Congress were handling health care, and whether they approved of the proposed changes to the health care system. Several other questions addressed the issue of health care including those that asked respondents whether they thought health care reform would help or hurt them personally, whether they were in favor of a public option, whether health care coverage should cover abortions, and whether or not they had some form of health care. Additional topics addressed respondent's thoughts on the war in Afghanistan, the Fort Hood shooting, and swine flu. Finally, respondents were asked a number of questions about their employment and job security. 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, and the presence of adults between the ages of 18 and 29 in the household.

Series: CBS News/New York Times Poll Series

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Citation

CBS News. CBS News Monthly Poll, November 2009. ICPSR30405-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-06-06. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR30405.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR30405.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    abortion, Afghanistan War, attitudes, foreign policy, health care, health care reform, job security, national economy, Obama, Barack, presidential performance, public opinion, terrorism, United States Congress

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2009-11

Date of Collection:   

  • 2009-11-13--2009-11-15

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.

Truncated value label in variables Q24 and EDUC were corrected.

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

Methodology

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.

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Original ICPSR Release:   2011-06-06

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