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CBS News/New York Times New York City Poll, August #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
Bloomberg, Michael; crime; eating habits; economic conditions; ethnic discrimination; government performance; health; law enforcement; noise pollution; policy; professional sports; public opinion; racial attitudes; relocation; shopping; term limits; voter preferences; voter registration; Weiner, Anthony
  • Abstract

    This poll, the first of two fielded August 2012, is part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicits public opinion on a range of political and social issues. Respondents were asked their opinion of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's job performance, his amendment of mayor term limits, and whether they approved his handling of crime in the city. Data were collected on general aspects of respondents' lives in New York City, including opinions on their long range view of the city's livability, the city's economy, the city's most important issue, whether they had plans to relocate, whether they held a good or bad image of the city, and who they voted for mayor in 2009. Further opinions were solicited on the state of New York City police and law enforcement, including views on the "stop and frisk" tactic, ethnic group targeting, and whether they approved of Ray Kelly's job performance as New York City Police Commissioner. Questions were also raised on the bicycle lane, bike sharing program and respondents' bicycle riding frequency. Furthermore, respondents were asked about the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, whether they favored the new arena, and how frequently they would attend games. They were also queried on their eating habits, including frequency of dinner in restaurants, the cost at the restaurant, and how often they ate street food. Additional topics included soda preference and the soda ban, opinions of Anthony Weiner, and the noise problem in New York City. Demographic information includes sex, age, race, marital status, education level, employment status, household income, religious preference, political party affiliation, political philosophy, voting behavior, borough of residence, and whether respondents were registered to vote.
  • 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


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 2012-08
  • Collection date: 2012-08
Geographic Coverage
  • New York (state)
  • New York City
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Persons aged 18 years and older living in households with telephones in New York City. Smallest Geographic Unit: New York City borough
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
  • 34633 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR34633.v1

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 New York City Poll, August #1, 2012. Archival Version. CBS News/New York Times Poll Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.