CBS News Monthly Poll #3, September 2010 (ICPSR 32508)

Published: Dec 1, 2011

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CBS News; The New York Times


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This poll, fielded September 23-27, 2010, is 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 approximately 1,114 Ohio residents. Respondents were asked whether they approved of the way Barack Obama was handling his job as president, the economy, job creation, whether they thought things in the country were going in the right direction, their rating of the national economy and the economy in Ohio, and what they thought was the most important problem facing Ohio. Respondents were also asked whether they approved of the way Congress was handling its job, how Republicans and Democrats in Congress were handling their jobs, how then Governor Ted Strickland was handling his job, how much attention they paid to the 2010 election campaigns in Ohio, the likelihood they would vote in the 2010 election in November, and for whom they would vote if the elections for United States Senate, United States House of Representatives, and Governor of Ohio were being held that day. Opinions were sought on Rob Portman, Lee Fisher, John Kasich, Ted Strickland, Nancy Pelosi, and John Boehner. Information was collected on whether respondents thought the recession was temporary and whether Ohio would ever fully recover, who they thought was most to blame for the state of the national economy, and who they preferred, Democrats or Republicans, kept control of the House of Representatives. Respondents were asked about whether they were contacted on behalf of any Senate or gubernatorial candidates, whether they approved of the health care law that was enacted the previous March, whether Congress should have repealed it, whether the stimulus package made Ohio's economy better, whether the stimulus package created new jobs in Ohio, whether they expect the job market in their area to improve, and whether the financial assistance given to the auto and banking industry made Ohio's economy better. Additional topics covered included personal finances, job security, and how the recession affected the respondents and their families. Demographic information includes sex, age, race, education level, household income, military service, religious preference, reported social class, type of residential area (e.g., urban or rural), perceived social class, 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 Monthly Poll #3, September 2010. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-12-01.

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2010-09-23 -- 2010-09-27

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

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 variable EDUC was corrected.

This poll was only surveyed Ohio residents. 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).



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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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