CBS News Monthly Poll #1, October 2008 (ICPSR 26821)

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This special topic poll is 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. In this poll, fielded October 3-5, 2008, respondents were asked whether they approved of the way George W. Bush was handling the presidency, their opinion of the condition of the national economy, and whether it was getting better or worse. Those who were registered to vote were asked how much attention they were paying to the 2008 presidential campaign, their opinions of the presidential and vice presidential candidates and their abilities, the degree of their support for the candidates, whether the presidential candidates choice for vice president would influence their vote, whether they had voted in a Democratic or Republican primary or caucus that year, and the likelihood that they would vote in the general election and for whom. Respondents were also asked whether they watched or listened to the vice presidential debate held October 2, 2008, who they thought did the best job, whether their opinions of the vice presidential candidates changed as a result of the debate, the likelihood that they would watch the second presidential debate, and their prediction on who would win the presidential debate. Several questions addressed the economic crisis and included questions that asked whether respondents approved of the way Congress was handling its job, whether they approved of the way George W. Bush and Congress was handling the crisis, whether they approved of the federal government providing money to financial institutions, whether the federal government should provide financial assistance to financially troubled homeowners, whether they approved of the bailout plan passed by Congress, and who they thought would benefit from the money used in the bailout plan. Other topics addressed whether the respondent knew of anyone who supported Barack Obama mainly because of his race, and which sport the they followed the most. Demographic variables include sex, age, race, education level, marital status, household income, political party affiliation, political philosophy, voter registration status and participation history, length of time at current residence, whether there were children under the age of 18 living with the respondent, labor union membership, religious preference, and whether respondents considered themselves to be a born-again Christian.

CBS News. CBS News Monthly Poll #1, October 2008. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2010-02-04.

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2008-10-03 -- 2008-10-05
  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. Responses in the variable Q65 (ZIP Code) were blanked to protect respondent confidentiality.

  4. A truncated value label in variable EDUC was corrected.

  5. 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 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, October 2008. ICPSR26821-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2010-02-04.

2010-02-04 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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