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CBS News/New York Times Poll, December #2, 2013 (ICPSR 36065)

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This poll, the last of two fielded in December 2013, is 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, economy, the direction of the country, and health care issues including the Affordable Care Act (ACA) health care reform law of 2010. Opinions were collected on the coverage, quality, affordability, and source of respondents' health insurance, along with reasons for being uninsured. Furthermore, respondents provided speculation on the impacts, both personal and nationwide, of the health care law (ACA) passed in 2010, as well as their approval of components of the law. Additional topics of the poll include use and understanding of health care online exchange Web sites, specifically, and the problems respondents faced using the sites. Demographic information includes sex, age, race, marital status, education level, household income, religious affiliation, type of residential area (e.g., urban or rural), political party, and political philosophy.

CBS News, and The New York Times. CBS News/New York Times Poll, December #2, 2013. Ann Arbor, MI: [distributor], 2015-10-19.

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Additional information about CBS News Polls can be found by visiting the CBS News Poll Web site.

The general population portion of this poll was conducted by telephone December 5-8, 2013 among 1,000 adults nationwide. The error due to sampling for this portion of the poll could be plus or minus 3 percentage points.

An additional sample of people age 19-64 without health insurance was also interviewed, for a total of 702 interviews with the uninsured. Those interviews were conducted by telephone December 4-15. 2013. The data were weighted to reflect the demographic and regional distribution of the uninsured according to the United States Census Bureau. The margin of error for the sample of the uninsured is plus or minus 5 percentage points.

The sample size for those with health insurance is 895; the margin of error for this group is plus or minus percentage 3 points.

For both the general population and uninsured portions of the poll, phone numbers were dialed from samples of both standard land-line and cell phones. Interviews were conducted in English and Spanish. Data collection was conducted on behalf of CBS News and the New York Times by Social Science Research Solutions of Media, PA. This poll release conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.


Persons aged 18 years or older 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 Poll, December #2, 2013. ICPSR36065-v1. [distributor], 2015-10-19.

2015-10-19 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.

The data are not weighted. However, the dataset contains the weight variables WEIGHT, UWEIGHT and CWEIGHT 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.


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