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CBS News/New York Times National Poll, July #1, 2012

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
abortion; Bush, George W.; crime; crime control; Democratic Party (USA); economic conditions; economic issues; economic policy; federal budget deficit; financial institutions; foreign policy; health care; illegal immigrants; immigration; middle class; national economy; national elections; Obama Administration (2009- ); Obama, Barack; political affiliation; political attitudes; presidency; presidential candidates; presidential elections; presidential performance; public opinion; regulation; Republican Party (USA); Roberts, John G.; same-sex marriage; social classes; Supreme Court decisions; Supreme Court justices; taxes; terrorism; unemployment; United States Congress; United States Supreme Court
  • Abstract

    This poll, fielded July 2012, and the first of two, is part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicits public opinion on a range of political and social issues. Respondents were asked whether they approved of the way Barack Obama was handling his job as president, foreign policy, the economy, and health care. Respondents were also asked about the condition of the economy and whether things in the country were on the right track. Additional questions addressed the respondent's overall opinions of Mitt Romney and Barack Obama and their views. Multiple questions addressed respondents' opinions of both Barack Obama's and Mitt Romney's economic policies and whether their policies will favor the rich versus the poor. Additional questions asked respondents which candidate they thought would do a better job handling a variety of issues and how important these issues will be in deciding how they will vote for president. Further questions asked respondents if they were willing to have reduced local government services, such as schools and fire and police departments, if it meant paying less in taxes. Other topics include the Supreme Court, financial institutions, same-sex marriage, crime, and tax cuts. Demographic variables include sex, age, race, education level, household income, social class, employment status, religious preference and participation, type of residential area (e.g., urban or rural), whether respondents thought of themselves as born-again Christians, marital status, household composition, political party affiliation, political philosophy, voter registration status, voting behavior, and the number of phones in their household.
  • Methods

    The data contain a weight variable that should be used in analyzing the data. 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


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 2012-07
  • Collection date: 2012-07
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
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

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Alternative Identifiers
  • 34617 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR34617.v1
  • Campbell, Andrea L., Persily, Nathaniel. The health care case in the public mind: Opinion on the Supreme Court and health reform in a polarized era. The Health Care Case: The Supreme Court's Decision and its Implications.Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. 2013.
  • Blendon, Robert J. Benson, John M., Brule, Amanda. Understanding health care in the 2012 election. New England Journal of Medicine.367, 1658-1661.2012.
    • ID: 10.1056/NEJMsr1211472 (DOI)

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

CBS News; The New York Times (2013): CBS News/New York Times National Poll, July #1, 2012. Archival Version. CBS News/New York Times Poll Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.