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CBS News National Poll, March #2, 2013 (ICPSR 34996)

Principal Investigator(s): CBS News


This poll, second of three fielded March 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 how Barack Obama was handling the presidency, the economy, federal budget deficit, taxes, and foreign policy. Opinions were also collected on Obama's relationship with Israel, respondents' attention to the violence in Syria, and whether North Korea and Iran were threats to the United States. Further questions asked whether respondents approve of the way Congress and the Supreme Court were handling their jobs, and whether they had favorable opinions of the Republican and Democratic parties. Respondents were also asked their opinions on gun control laws, the health care law enacted in 2010, and same-sex marriage/relationships. A variety of questions addressed the condition of the national economy, the budget sequestration, the job market, the stock market, and the federal budget deficit. Demographic information includes sex, age, race, gun ownership, voter registration status, marital status, number of children in the household, education level, household income, 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.

Series: CBS News/New York Times Poll Series

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Study Description


CBS News. CBS News National Poll, March #2, 2013. ICPSR34996-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2014-04-02. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34996.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34996.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    budget cuts, Democratic Party (USA), federal budget deficit, firearms, foreign policy, gun control, gun legislation, health insurance, homosexuality, international relations, job loss, national economy, Obama, Barack, political parties, political philosophy, presidency, presidential performance, public opinion, Republican Party (USA), same-sex marriage, stock markets, Supreme Court decisions, taxes, Tea Party movement, unemployment, United States Congress, United States Supreme Court, voting behavior

Smallest Geographic Unit:    Congressional District

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2013-03

Date of Collection:   

  • 2013-03

Unit of Observation:    individual

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

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    This poll was conducted among 1,181 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 Standard 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. 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:   2014-04-02


Browse Matching Variables

Opinion Gun Control Laws
In general, do you think gun control laws should be made more strict, less strict, or kept as they are now?
Opinion Background Check Law
Do you favor or oppose a federal law requiring background checks on all potential gun buyers?
Own A Firearm
These last questions are for background only. Do you or does any other member of your household own a handgun, rifle, shot-gun, or any other kind of firearm? [IF YES, ASK:] Is that person you or someone else?
Problem Facing Country
What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today?


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