CBS News Monthly Poll #2, July 2007 (ICPSR 22582)

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This poll, fielded July 20-22, 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 and the United States campaign again terrorism. Respondents were also asked whether they approved of the way Congress was handling its job, and whether they approved of the way Democrats and Republicans in Congress were handling the war in Iraq. Multiple questions addressed the war in Iraq, including those that asked whether respondents thought it was right for the United States to take military action in Iraq, how they thought things were going for the United States in Iraq, whether the United States was right for removing Saddam Hussein and helping Iraq to build a new government, whether the United States should increase the number of troops in Iraq, and whether the additional troops sent were making the situation better. Respondent's opinions were also collected on whether Congress should block all funding for the war, whether United States involvement in Iraq was creating more terrorists who were planning to attack the United States, how likely another terrorist attack would be in the United States, and respondents' confidence levels in the ability of the United States government to protect its citizens. 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 #2, July 2007. Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-05-23.

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2007-07-20 -- 2007-07-22
  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 variable EDUC was corrected.

  4. 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 #2, July 2007. ICPSR22582-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-05-23.

2011-05-23 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:

  • Performed consistency checks.
  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Created online analysis version with question text.

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.