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CBS News National Survey, February #1, 2011

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • CBS News
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • CBS News/New York Times Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
automobile use; born-again Christians; cellular phones; Clinton, Hillary; Democratic Party (USA); foreign policy; health insurance; influence; job loss; job opportunities; job performance; Middle East; national debt; national economy; Obama Administration (2009- ); presidency; presidential performance; public opinion; recession; registered voters; Republican Party (USA); September 11 attack; tax increases; Tea Party movement; telephones; unemployment; United States Congress; voting behavior
  • Abstract

    This poll, fielded February 11-14, 2011, is part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicits public opinion on a range of political and social issues. Respondents were asked for their opinions on Barack Obama and how well he was handling the presidency, foreign policy, the economy, and the situation in Egypt. Respondents were also asked whether Obama or the Republicans in Congress should make decisions on how to fix the budget deficit, whether program cuts and raising taxes were solutions to the budget deficit, and how well Congress was performing their job. Opinions were collected on Hillary Clinton's job performance, the Tea Party movement and the amount of influence they have in the Republican Party, unemployment and concerns about future unemployment, the local job market, and the recession. Additional topics include the national economy, the health insurance law, whether respondents knew someone killed in the September 11 attack, the most important problem facing the country, and whether the country was moving in the right direction. Finally, respondents were asked whether they voted in the 2008 presidential election and who they voted for, whether they voted for a member of the United States House of Representatives in the 2006 election and which candidate they voted for, what year was the most recent election of any kind that they participated in, and whether they were 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 a weight variable 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.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 2011-02
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Smallest Geographic Unit: state
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

This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 33485 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)

Update Metadata: 2015-06-16 | Issue Number: 2 | Registration Date: 2015-06-16

CBS News (2012): CBS News National Survey, February #1, 2011. Version 1. CBS News/New York Times Poll Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.