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CBS News Monthly Poll #2, September 2006 (ICPSR 4625)

Principal Investigator(s): CBS News


This poll, fielded September 24-27, 2006, is part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicit public opinion on the current presidency and on a range of other political and social issues. Despite being termed a monthly poll, this poll's specific focus was on the opinions and judgments of people currently living in the state of New York. Respondents were asked to give their opinions on the upcoming 2006 election for the New York governor, specifically their opinions about gubernatorial candidates, Eliot Spitzer and John Faso. Subjects were also asked about the upcoming New York senatorial election and their opinions about that race's candidates, Hillary Clinton and John Spencer. Respondents were also asked about the upcoming election for state attorney general and their opinions about candidates Andrew Cuomo and Jeanine Pirro. Respondents were asked to give their opinions about several politicians: President George Bush, Governor George Pataki, Senator Charles Schumer, Senator Hillary Clinton, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Respondents were asked how they thought the New York legislature in Albany was handling its job, and of the problems facing New York State, what they wanted the next governor to concentrate on most. Respondents were also asked to rate the state of the New York economy. Respondents were then asked to give their opinion on sentencing for people convicted of murder and terrorism. Other major issues such as gay marriage and the war in Iraq were also covered, along with additional topics specific to New York such as balancing the budget, future terrorist attacks, education, taxes, and which candidate for senator would help improve on these areas. Additionally respondents were asked which candidate for Senator cared most for people in different areas of New York: New York City, the suburbs, and upstate New York. Respondents were also asked how they thought the candidates for governor would handle issues such as taxes, terrorism, and the economy. Additional questions asked respondents how they would categorize the political attitudes of the candidates for governor and senator. Their opinions were sought on Hillary Clinton's job as senator, whether she had become a true New Yorker, and the prospect of her running for president, and whether Rudolph Giuliani, Michael Bloomberg, or George Pataki should run for president in 2008. Respondents were asked their views on Andrew Cuomo and Jeanine Pirro, including information about their campaign practices and their experience level. Lastly, they were asked if they would want the Mets or the Yankees to win if there were a subway World Series that year. Demographic variables include race, sex, age, level of education, financial situation, income, voter registration, voting activity, status, political ideology, party affiliation, marital status, religious affiliation, and number of years living in their current community.

Series: CBS News/New York Times Poll Series

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Study Description


CBS News. CBS NEWS MONTHLY POLL #2, SEPTEMBER 2006. ICPSR04625-v1. New York, NY: CBS News [producer], 2006. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-07-11. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04625.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04625.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    baseball, Bloomberg, Michael, budgets, Bush, George W., capital punishment, Clinton, Hillary, economic issues, education, Giuliani, Rudolph, governors, gubernatorial elections, immigration, Iraq War, Pataki, George, political attitudes, political campaigns, public opinion, same-sex marriage, Schumer, Charles, state elections, state legislatures, suburbs, taxes, terrorist threat, United States Senate, voter behavior

Geographic Coverage:    New York (state), United States

Time Period:   

  • 2006-09

Date of Collection:   

  • 2006-09-24--2006-09-27

Universe:    Adult population of the state of New York aged 18 and over having a telephone at home.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Additional information about coding and weighting may be found in the codebook.


Sample:    A variation of random-digit dialing 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. 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).

Weight:    The data contain weights that should be used for analysis.

Mode of Data Collection:    telephone interview


Original ICPSR Release:   2007-07-11



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