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CBS News National Poll, January #1, 2012

Version
v1
Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
Creator
  • CBS News
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • CBS News/New York Times Poll Series
Publication Date
2013-04-19
Language
English
Free Keywords
Bachmann, Michele; Democratic Party (USA); elections; foreign policy; Gingrich, Newt; Huntsman, Jon; national economy; Obama, Barack; Paul, Ron; Perry, Rick; political parties; presidency; presidential performance; public opinion; Republican Party (USA); Romney, Mitt; Santorum, Rick; United States Congress; voters; voting behavior
Description
  • Abstract

    This poll, the first of three fielded January 2012, 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, foreign policy, and the economy. Opinions were collected on whether Congress was performing their job well, and the state of the national economy. Multiple questions asked about respondents' views concerning the 2012 primary and presidential elections, including who their preferred Republican nominee is, which candidate could best handle key issues, and which nominee would be most likely to win against President Obama. Additional topics include the level of attention the respondents paid to the 2012 presidential campaigns, their overall enthusiasm concerning the election, whether they were registered to vote, and general satisfaction with the choices of presidential candidates. 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: Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents

    Datasets:

    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 2012-01
  • Collection date: 2012-01
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Persons aged 18 years or older living in households with telephones in the Unites States. Smallest Geographic Unit: congressional district
Sampling
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

Availability
Download
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 34589 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)

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

CBS News (2013): CBS News National Poll, January #1, 2012. Version 1. CBS News/New York Times Poll Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34589.v1