CBS News/New York Times Survey, January #3, 2011 (ICPSR 33483)

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This poll, fielded January 15-19, 2011 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 well Barack Obama was handling the presidency and key issues such as foreign policy and the economy. Respondents were also queried on what they felt Congress should focus on right now, the economy, trust in politicians to address national issues, and whether the president would work with Congress to get things done. Respondents were asked for their overall opinions of Republicans and Democrats, as well as individual politicians such as Sarah Palin and Joe Biden. Additional questions asked them about the federal deficit, the overall direction of the country, respondents' optimism or pessimism over the next two years with Obama as president. Respondents were also asked what were the most important issues facing the country, to rate the national economy, if they felt the economy was improving, and whether they knew someone who was killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Respondents were further questioned about Medicare, Social Security, military spending, the overall civility in politics today, gun control laws, and health care. They were also asked about hypothetical scenarios relating to fixing problems such as Social Security and health care. Lastly, respondents were queried as to which news networks they watched for information as well as which radio shows they listened to. 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/New York Times Survey, January #3, 2011. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2012-05-18.

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2011-01-15 -- 2011-01-19

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 Survey, January #3, 2011. ICPSR33483-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2012-05-18.

2012-05-18 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:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

The data contain a weight variable 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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