CBS News/New York Times National Survey, March #1, 2011 (ICPSR 33487)

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This poll, fielded March 2-7, 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 whether they were satisfied with the quality of health care they receive, whether they thought that doctors make too much money, where they usually receive their basic health care, and whether their doctor is in a small private practice or a group practice. Opinions were gathered on the quality of the respondent's drinking water, how concerned they were about contamination of soil and water in their community, the importance for the United States to develop an alternative to oil, whether using nuclear energy, renewable energy, natural gas, and coal to generate electricity was a good idea, whether there is too much federal regulation of the natural gas industry, the industrial disposal of contaminated water and the hydraulic fracturing industry, and whether they thought hydraulic fracturing was safe. Respondents were also asked how important they thought it was for girls to have the same amount of opportunities in high school sports as boys, how much they knew about Title IX and whether its impact has been positive, and whether they favor programs that make special efforts for minorities to get ahead. Respondents were queried on program cuts and raising taxes to reduce government spending and the federal budget deficit, whether American corporations pay their fair share of income taxes, whether taxes on corporate profits should be increased, and whether all companies should pay the same income tax rate. Additional topics included race relations, gender relations, and the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. 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 New York Times. CBS News/New York Times National Survey, March #1, 2011. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2012-05-25.

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2011-03-02 -- 2011-03-07

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 New York Times. CBS News/New York Times National Survey, March #1, 2011. ICPSR33487-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2012-05-25.

2012-05-25 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.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

The data contain a weight variable (WGHT) 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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