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CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll, October 2009 (ICPSR 30404)

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This special topic poll, fielded October 9-13, 2009, is a part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicit public opinion on the presidency and on a range of other political and social issues. This poll surveyed 987 adults in the state of New Jersey, 867 of which were registered voters. Respondents were asked whether they approved of the way Barack Obama was handling the presidency and whether they thought things in New Jersey were going in the right direction. Respondents were asked their opinions of John Corzine, whether they approved of the way he was handling his job as governor, the state's economy, the state's property taxes, and the issue of corruption within the state. Opinions were solicited about 2009 New Jersey governor candidates Christopher Christie and Christopher Daggett, for whom they would vote if the election for governor were held that day, and who they expected to win the election. Several other questions addressed issues in the state of New Jersey including those that asked about the quality of public schools, corruption in New Jersey politics, what respondents thought the most important issue in New Jersey was, their rating of New Jersey's economy, and whether they thought the economy was getting better. Additional topics addressed respondent's approval of United States Senators Robert Menedez and Frank Lautenberg, abortion, personal finances, home ownership, job security, and the impact of federal government's stimulus package in the respondent's community. Demographic variables include sex, age, race, education level, marital status, household income, employment status, perceived social class, political party affiliation, political philosophy, voter registration status and participation history, religious preference, the presence of adults between the ages of 18 and 29 in the household, and whether respondents had children under the age of 18 years.

CBS News, and The New York Times. CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll, October 2009. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-03-21.

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2009-10-09 -- 2009-10-13

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

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

Truncated value labels in variables Q18 and EDUC were corrected.

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. Phone numbers were dialed from RDD samples of both standard land-lines and cell phones. 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 years and over living in households with telephones in the 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, October 2009. ICPSR30404-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-03-21.

2011-03-21 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:

  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Created online analysis version with question text.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

The data contain weight variables that should be used in analyzing the data. According to 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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