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CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll #1, October 2010

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • CBS News
  • The New York Times
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • CBS News/New York Times Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
attitudes; bank failures; Boehner, John; born-again Christians; congressional candidates; congressional elections (US House); Democratic Party (USA); economic recovery; health care; Medicare; Obama, Barack; Palin, Sarah; Pelosi, Nancy; political campaigns; political parties; presidential elections; presidential performance; public opinion; Republican Party (USA); Social Security; Tea Party movement; United States Congress; United States House of Representatives; voter history; voter interest; voting behavior
  • Abstract

    This poll, fielded October 1-5, 2010 is a part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicits public opinion on a range of political and social issues. Respondents were asked how well Barack Obama was handling the presidency, the economy, whether the stimulus package impacted the economy, whether the banks and automobile companies should have been allowed to fail, and what they thought about the cost of Social Security and Medicare. In addition, respondents were asked for their opinions of the United States House of Representatives, their district's representative, the Tea Party movement, the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. Respondents were also asked how much attention they paid to the 2010 election campaign, how likely it was that they would vote in the 2010 election for Congress and whether they would vote for the Democratic or Republican candidate, and what they thought was the most important problem facing the nation at that time. Respondents were queried about Nancy Pelosi, John Boehner, and Sarah Palin, whether they were aware of the Republican's "Pledge to America" and if they support that pledge. Finally respondents were asked whether they voted in the 2008 presidential election and for whom they voted, whether they voted in the 2006 election for the United States House of Representatives and the party of the candidate they chose, what was the most recent election of any kind that they participated in, and whether they were currently registered to vote. Demographic information includes sex, age, race, marital status, education level, household income, employment status, religious preference, type of residential area (e.g., urban or rural), political party affiliation, political philosophy, and whether respondents thought of themselves as born-again Christians.
  • Methods

    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.
  • Methods

    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.; Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 2010-10
  • 2010-10-01 / 2010-10-05
    Collection date: 2010-10-01--2010-10-05
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
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).
Collection Mode
  • telephone interview

    The variable CNTY was masked for confidentiality.

    The DDL file formerly released as the "Data Collection Instrument" will no longer be released for this series.

This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 33061 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR33061.v1
  • Jacobson, Gary C.. The Republican resurgence in 2010. Political Science Quarterly.126, (1), 27-52.2011.
    • ID: 10.1002/j.1538-165X.2011.tb00693.x (DOI)
  • Williamson, Vanessa, Skocpol, Theda, Coggin, John. The Tea Party and the remaking of Republican conservatism. Perspectives on Politics.(1), 25-43.2011.
    • ID: 10.1017/S153759271000407X (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-16

CBS News; The New York Times (2012): CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll #1, October 2010. Archival Version. CBS News/New York Times Poll Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.