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CBS News Poll, October #1, 2013 (ICPSR 36061)

Principal Investigator(s): CBS News


This poll, the first of two fielded in October 2013, is a part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicit public opinion on a range of political and social issues. Respondents were asked about their general attitudes toward the government, the political gridlock between Congress and President Obama, and about issues including healthcare, the federal budget, and the government shutdown. Opinions were collected about the approval of President Obama and the Democrats in Congress, Republicans in Congress, the on-going negotiations over the federal budget, support for new Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), and government priorities while avoiding a government shutdown. Additional topics included the Tea Party, the United States debt ceiling, and a series of questions regarding cell phone and land-line telephone use. Demographic information includes sex, age, race, marital status, education level, household income, type of residential area (e.g., urban or rural), political party affiliation, and political philosophy.

Series: CBS News/New York Times Poll Series

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Study Description


CBS News. CBS News Poll, October #1, 2013 . ICPSR36061-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2015-11-12. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36061.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36061.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Affordable Care Act, cellular phones, federal budget, federal budget deficit, government, government performance, government shutdowns, health care costs, health care reform, health care services, health insurance, Obama Administration (2009- ), Obama, Barack, political efficacy, political parties, political partisanship, public opinion, Tea Party movement, telephones, United States Congress

Smallest Geographic Unit:    State

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2013-10-01--2013-10-02

Date of Collection:   

  • 2013-10-01--2013-10-02

Unit of Observation:    Individual

Universe:    Persons aged 18 or older with a landline or cell phone living in the United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Additional information about CBS News Polls can be found at the CBS News Polls Web site.


Study Purpose:    The purpose of this study is to solicit public opinion on current political and social issues in the United States.

Sample:    This poll was conducted by telephone October 1-2, 2013 among 1,021 adults nationwide. Data collection was conducted on behalf of CBS News by Social Science Research Solutions of Media, PA. 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. Interviews were conducted in English and Spanish. This poll release conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.

Time Method:    Cross-sectional

Weight:    The data are not weighted, however, the data contains a weight variable (WEIGHT) 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:

  • Standardized missing values.
  • Created online analysis version with question text.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   2015-08-18

Version History:

  • 2015-11-12 Updated the Codebook cover.



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