CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll #1, July 2010 (ICPSR 32506)

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This poll, fielded July 5-8, 2010, is a part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicits public opinion on a range of political and social issues. Respondents were asked how much attention they paid to the 2010 election campaign, how likely it was that they would vote in the 2010 election for Congress and whether they would vote for the Democratic or Republican candidate. Respondents were queried on how closely they had been following the World Cup soccer competition, whether the World Cup competition had made them more or less interested in soccer, whether they would rather live through a really hot summer or a really cold winter, whether they feel more or less relaxed over the summer than they do during other times of the year, whether they try to get a suntan in the summer, and whether they read more books during the summer. Respondents were also asked whether they thought BP's relief wells would stop the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico by August of 2010, whether they favored or opposed a policy passed in a Nebraska town which required businesses and landlords to verify that their employees and renters were in the United States legally, whether they would prefer to travel to the past or to the future if time travel existed, and whether they thought that Americans of "Generation Y", or people born after 1980 would have a better or worse quality of life than that of the baby boomers. Finally respondents were asked whether they voted in the 2008 presidential election and who they voted for, whether they voted for a United States House of Representative in the 2006 election and which candidate they voted for, what year was the most recent election of any kind that they had voted in, and how long they have been living at their address. Demographic information includes sex, age, race, marital status, education level, household income, employment status, religious preference, type of residential area (e.g., urban or rural), political party affiliation, political philosophy, voter registration status, and whether respondents thought of themselves as born again Christians.

CBS News, and The New York Times. CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll #1, July 2010. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2012-03-15.

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To preserve respondent confidentiality, codes for the variable CNTY (FIPS County) were replaced with 9s.

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

The DDL file formerly released as the "Data Collection Instrument" will no longer be released for this series.

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).


Persons aged 18 years and older living in households with telephones in the 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, July 2010. ICPSR32506-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2012-03-15.

2012-03-15 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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  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

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.


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