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CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll, January 2008 (ICPSR 25661)

Published: Sep 16, 2009 View help for published

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This poll, fielded January 9-12, 2008, is a 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. A national sample of 1,191 adults was surveyed, including an oversample of African Americans, for a total of 185 African American respondents, including 141 African American Democratic primary voters. Views were sought on how well George W. Bush was handling the presidency, whether the country was moving in the right direction, the most important problem facing the nation, and the condition of the national economy. Respondents were asked how much attention they were paying to the 2008 presidential campaign, whether they would vote for the Democratic or Republican candidate if the election were held that day, whether they were more likely to vote in a Democratic or Republican primary or caucus in their state, who they would like their party to nominate, their level of support for this candidate, and who they expected to actually win. Respondents gave their opinions of Democratic presidential nominees Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and John Edwards, Republican presidential nominees Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, John McCain, and Mitt Romney, and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Other questions asked about preferred qualities in the next president, whether respondents thought that most Americans and they themselves would vote for a presidential candidate who was an African American and a presidential candidate who was a woman, whether it was appropriate for candidates to show their emotions, and the importance of the results of the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primaries in their vote. Additional questions addressed the war in Iraq. Demographic variables include sex, age, race, education level, marital status, whether respondents had children under 18 years of age, political party affiliation, political philosophy, voter registration status and participation history, household income, religious preference, frequency of religious attendance, and whether respondents considered themselves to be a born-again Christian.

CBS News, and The New York Times. CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll, January 2008. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-09-16.

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Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research
2008-01-09 -- 2008-01-12

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

This poll included an oversample of African American respondents, as identified in the variable OSMP.

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

Truncated value labels in the variable EDUC were corrected, and code 38 in variable Q3 was edited to refer to the president in office at the time of the survey.

This data collection was produced by CBS News, New York, NY.

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). This poll also included an oversample of African American respondents.

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

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2018-02-15 The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented. The previous citation was:
  • CBS News, and The New York Times. CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll, January 2008. ICPSR25661-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-09-16.

2009-09-16 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.

The data contain a weight variable (WGHT) that should be used in analyzing the data. According the CBS News Web site, 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.


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