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CBS News/New York Times National Callback Poll, May #1, 2012 (ICPSR 34614)

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


This poll, the first of two fielded May 2012, 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, foreign policy, the economy, the situation with Afghanistan, the nation's housing and mortgage crisis, and gasoline prices. Opinions were collected on whether Congress was performing their job well, on the state of the national economy, federal income taxes, the federal tax policy on capital gains, and whether respondents felt things in this country were going in the right direction. Respondents were also queried as to whether Barack Obama and Mitt Romney would be able to bring real change to Washington, as well as several questions regarding their abilities to make the right decisions on various issues and be an effective military leader. Additional topics include women's health issues, economic concerns, the price of gasoline, the home mortgage crisis, the 2010 health care law, the suspension of Rick Santorum's campaign, the John Edwards trial, and the level of attention the respondents paid to the 2012 presidential campaigns. This collection also contains information from a call back poll within the same timeframe, including respondents' approval of Barack Obama's performance as president, the condition of the national economy, and whether respondents would vote for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. Multiple questions also asked about respondents' views concerning same-sex marriage, including whether respondents had a close friend or relative who is gay or lesbian, and if respondents support legal recognition of same-sex marriage. 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, whether respondents were registered to vote, and whether respondents thought of themselves as born-again Christians.

Series: CBS News/New York Times Poll Series

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Study Description


CBS News, and The New York Times. CBS News/New York Times National Callback Poll, May #1, 2012. ICPSR34614-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2013-05-09. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34614.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34614.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    capital gains, Democratic Party (USA), economic conditions, economic crises, economic growth, education costs, Edwards, John, elections, finance, gasoline prices, health care, health care reform, household budgets, housing market, mortgages, national economy, Obama Administration (2009- ), Obama, Barack, political parties, presidential performance, public opinion, Republican Party (USA), Romney, Mitt, same-sex marriage, Santorum, Rick, tax policy, tax rates, tax reform, taxes, voters, voting behavior, womens health care

Smallest Geographic Unit:    congressional district

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2012-05

Date of Collection:   

  • 2012-05

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    Persons aged 18 years or older living in households with telephones in the Unites States.

Data Type(s):    survey data


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. 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:

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


Original ICPSR Release:   2013-05-09

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