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CBS News National Poll, February #1, 2013 (ICPSR 34993)

Principal Investigator(s): CBS News


This poll, the first of two fielded in February 2013, is part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicits public opinion on a range of political and social issues. Respondents were asked their opinions on how well Barack Obama was handling the presidency, foreign policy, the economy, the situation in Afghanistan, threat of terrorism, the federal budget deficit, immigration, gun policy, energy policy, and whether Obama had clear plans and priorities going forward. Respondents were also asked about the national economy and whether they thought it was getting better, the best way to reduce the federal budget deficit, their experiences with the job market in their areas and how easy it was to find a job. Opinions were solicited regarding respondents' approval of Congress, the Republican and Democratic parties, John Boehner, Joe Biden, and Hilary Clinton. Additional topics included alternative energy, immigration, gun policy, global warming, Saturday mail delivery service, same-sex marriage, unmanned aircraft ("drone") use, Iran, employment opportunities, and the 2013 State of the Union Address. Demographic information includes sex, age, race, marital status, education level, household income, type of residential area (e.g. urban or rural), political party affiliation, political philosophy, voting behavior, whether respondents were registered to vote, religious affiliation, 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. CBS News National Poll, February #1, 2013. ICPSR34993-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2014-03-25. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34993.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34993.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Afghanistan War, alternative energy, attitudes, Biden, Joe, Boehner, John, Clinton, Hillary, Democratic Party (USA), employment, energy policy, federal budget deficit, foreign policy, global warming, gun control, gun control legislation, gun regulation, illegal immigrants, immigration, immigration policy, immigration status, mail delivery, national economy, Obama Administration (2009- ), Obama, Barack, political philosophy, presidential performance, public opinion, Republican Party (USA), same-sex marriage, State of the Union Address, Tea Party movement, terrorism, trust in government, unemployment, United States Congress

Smallest Geographic Unit:    congressional district

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2013-02

Date of Collection:   

  • 2013-02

Unit of Observation:    individual

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

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    This poll was conducted among 1,148 adults nationwide. Phone numbers were dialed from samples of both standard land-line and cell phones. The error due to sampling for results based on the entire sample could be plus or minus three percentage points. The error for subgroups may be higher. This poll release conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.

Time Method:    Cross-sectional

Weight:    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 the 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 online analysis version with question text.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   2014-03-25



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