CBS News/New York Times Call-Back Poll, November 2006 (ICPSR 4648)

Published: May 13, 2008

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


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This poll is part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicits public opinion on the presidency and on a range of other political and social issues. This survey, fielded November 11-14, 2006, is a call-back of the October 27-31, 2006, cohort CBS NEWS/NEW YORK TIMES MONTHLY POLL #4, OCTOBER 2006 (ICPSR 4647). In the poll conducted prior to the election, respondents gave their opinions of President George W. Bush and his handling of the presidency, and issues such as foreign policy and the economy. Respondents were asked about the upcoming midterm elections, how well members of the United States Congress were doing their jobs, whether the country was moving in the right direction, and the condition of the national economy. Views were also sought on the war in Iraq, corrupt politics in Washington, DC, environmental protection, illegal immigration, North Korea's development of weapons, and gay marriage. In the call-back poll conducted a week following the election, respondents were asked whether they had voted in the United States House of Representatives election and for whom, when they decided for whom they would vote, and whether they were pleased with the outcome of the elections for Congress. Those polled were again asked their opinions of President George W. Bush and his handling of the presidency and Iraq, whether they had favorable opinions of the Republican and Democratic parties, and whether George W. Bush and the Democrats in Congress would be able to work together. Information was collected on whether the president's political party and the political party that controls Congress should be the same, the effect the Democratic party might have on issues such as taxes, the minimum wage, and the threat of terrorism, and whether the United States did the right thing in taking military action against Iraq. Information was also collected on which voting method respondents used, and the likelihood that they would participate in an exit poll. Demographic information includes voter registration status and participation history, political party affiliation, political philosophy, marital status, sex, religious preference, frequency of religious attendance, education level, age, household income, race, whether respondents had any children under the age of 18, household union membership, military service, length of time living at current residence, and type of residential area (e.g., urban or rural).

CBS News, and The New York Times. CBS News/New York Times Call-Back Poll, November 2006. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-05-13.

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2006-10-27 -- 2006-10-31

2006-11-12 -- 2006-11-14

The value label for code 38 in variables Q11, Q22, Q32, and Q33 was assumed to be outdated and was changed to refer to the president in office at the time of the survey.

Truncated value labels in Q11, Q22, Q32, Q33, RQ3, RQ4, and EDUC were corrected.

The data available for download are not weighted, and users will need to weight the data prior to analysis.

This call-back poll surveyed 721 respondents who participated in the CBS NEWS/NEW YORK TIMES MONTHLY POLL #4, OCTOBER 2006 (ICPSR 4647). This data collection includes their responses to questions from the original poll as well as the call-back questions in variables RQ1-RQ23.

Value labels for unknown codes were added in variables RQ3, RQ4, and RQ6.

The CASEID variable was reformatted in order to make it a unique identifier.

This poll consists of a subset of respondents who participated in the CBS NEWS/NEW YORK TIMES MONTHLY POLL #4, OCTOBER 2006 (ICPSR 4647). The original poll employed a variation of random-digit dialing using primary sampling units (PSUs), 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).

Persons aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in the contiguous 48 United States.


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The data contain weights that should be used for analysis.


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