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CBS News/New York Times National Poll, May #1, 2011 (ICPSR 33963)

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


This survey, fielded May 2-3, 2011, is part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicits public opinion on a range of political and social issues. Respondents were asked for their opinions of political figures President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Tim Pawlenty, Sarah Palin, Donald Trump, Oprah Winfrey, and members of the British royal family: Prince Charles and Lady Camilla. Respondents were also asked their opinions about the following issues: United States troops in Afghanistan, gas prices, abortion, the American Civil War, Guantanamo Bay detention camp, Islam, and the Tea Party movement. Additional topics included personal happiness, home furnishings and decor, the effects of positive thinking, being a mother, the economic gap, plans for Memorial Day weekend, movies, Donald Trump's wealth, celebrities, prosecuting athletes for cheating, air travel, the Internet, new electronics, lying about one's age, and graffiti. Respondents were asked further background questions about whether they approved of the way President Obama was handling the presidency, including foreign policy, the economy, and the war in Afghanistan. Opinions were sought on how Osama bin Laden's death affected terrorism and respondents' personal security, the war on terror, and the mission in Afghanistan. Respondents were also asked if they were proud to be an American, whether they had a close family member or friend or knew anyone who died in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, or had a family member in the armed forces. Demographic information includes sex, age, race, education level, household income, marital status, religious preference, employment status, type of residential area (e.g., urban or rural), state of residence, type of phone(s), number of phones, political party affiliation, political philosophy, voting behavior, and whether the respondent is an evangelical or a born-again Christian.

Series: CBS News/New York Times Poll Series

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Study Description


CBS News, and New York Times. CBS News/New York Times National Poll, May #1, 2011. ICPSR33963-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2012-06-13. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR33963.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR33963.v1

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Scope of Study


Sample:    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 Method:    Cross-sectional

Weight:    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.

Mode of Data Collection:    telephone interview

Extent of Processing:   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.


Original ICPSR Release:   2012-06-13



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