CBS News Monthly Poll #1, July 2007 (ICPSR 22581)

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This poll, fielded July 9-16, 2007, 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. Respondents were asked whether they approved of the way George W. Bush was handling his job as president, whether they approved of the way Bush was handling the war in Iraq, foreign policy, the economy, and the United States campaign against terrorism. Respondents were also asked whether they approved of the way Congress was handling its job, whether they were pleased with what Democrats and Republicans were doing in Congress, for whom they would vote if the presidential election were held that day, in which primary they were planning to vote, and whether they were satisfied with the presidential candidates. Opinions were sought on the Democratic Party, the Republican Party, Michael Bloomberg, Bill Clinton, Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, Mitt Romney, Fred Thompson, John Edwards, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton. Questions about the war in Iraq included whether the United States was right in taking military action against Iraq, how respondents thought things were going for the United States in Iraq, whether the United States should increase the number of troops in Iraq, whether Congress should block funding for the war, and how likely another terrorist attack would happen in the United States. Additional questions addressed issues women face in the United States, abortion, health care, respondent voting history, how respondents received most of their news, the condition of the national economy, whether things in the country were on track, and the most important problem facing the country. Demographic information includes sex, age, race, education level, household income, military service, religious preference, type of residential area (e.g., urban or rural), political party affiliation, political philosophy, and voter registration status.

CBS News. CBS News Monthly Poll #1, July 2007 . Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-05-18.

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2007-07-09 -- 2007-07-16
  1. The data available for download are not weighted and users will need to weight the data prior to analysis.

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

  3. Truncated value label in variables Q2 and EDUC were corrected.

  4. Variables Q3, Q24, Q43, and Q44 contain truncated value labels.

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


A variation of random-digit dialing (RDD) 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.



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. CBS News Monthly Poll #1, July 2007 . ICPSR22581-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-05-18.

2011-05-18 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.