CBS News Monthly Poll #2, July 2010 (ICPSR 32702)

Published: Feb 17, 2012

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


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This poll, fielded July 9-12, 2010 is a part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicits public opinion on a range of political and social issues. A national sample of 966 adults was surveyed. Respondents were asked how well Barack Obama was handling the presidency, the gulf oil spill, the wars in Afghanistan and in Iraq, and foreign policy. In addition, respondents were asked if President Obama was spending too much time on financial system reform, health care reform, the gulf oil spill, and the economy. Respondents were also 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 the Republican candidate, what they thought was the most important problem facing the nation at the time of this survey, what they thought was the most important economic problem and how long they thought the effects of the recession would last. Respondents were queried on whether they believed BP (British Petroleum) would stop the gulf oil leak by Fall of 2010, if BP would fairly compensate those affected by the spill, whether they favored or opposed an Arizona immigration law, and whether the federal or state governments should pass immigration laws. 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 whether they were registered to vote. 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, and whether respondents thought of themselves as born-again Christians.

CBS News, and The New York Times. CBS News Monthly Poll #2, July 2010. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2012-02-17.

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2010-07-09 -- 2010-07-15

The DDL file which was previously released as the "Data Collection Instrument" will no longer be released with this series.

Recodes: The variable CNTY was masked for confidentiality.

Truncated variable labels in Q32 and Q49 were corrected.

Truncated value label in variables EDUC and Q3 were corrected.

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).

Time Series: Continuous


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telephone interview



2012-02-17 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:

  • Performed consistency checks.
  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.
  • 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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