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CBS News Poll, February 2014

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
abortion; Boehner, John; candidates; cellular phones; Clinton, Hillary; Democratic Party (USA); elections; foreign policy; gun control; gun ownership; health insurance; influence; Obama, Barack; political affiliation; political parties; presidency; presidential performance; public opinion; Republican Party (USA); Tea Party movement; telephones; United States Congress; voting behavior
  • Abstract

    The February 2014 poll is part of a continuing series on 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. Additional topics included John Boehner's job performance, the Tea Party, and the amount of influence they have in the Republican Party. Respondents were also queried about the possibility of voting for different kinds of candidates in the next election based on their opinions on minimum wage, abortion, and health care. Further questions included opinions about amount of attention the Democratic and Republican party should be allocating to big business, gun control, minorities, and the middle class. Information was gathered about their thoughts on various domestic and foreign policy issues such as social security, education, privacy, and the military. Finally, respondents were presented with several possible candidates for the 2016 presidential election and whether respondents would like to see those candidates run. 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 are not weighted. However, the data contains two weight variables (weight, weight2) that should be used in analyzing the data. According to the CBS News Web site, the data were weighted to match the 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: Standardized missing values.; Created online analysis version with question text.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: CBS News Poll, February 2014
Temporal Coverage
  • 2014-02-19 / 2014-02-23
    Time period: 2014-02-19--2014-02-23
  • 2014-02-19 / 2014-02-23
    Collection date: 2014-02-19--2014-02-23
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Persons aged 18 years or older living in households with telephones in the United States. Smallest Geographic Unit: State
This poll was conducted by telephone February 19-23, 2014 among a total of 1,644 adults nationwide. Data collection was conducted on behalf of CBS News by Social Science Research Solutions of Media, PA. Phone numbers were dialed from samples of both standard land-line and cell phones. The poll included a general population sample of 1,003, along with additional interviews to yield the following sample sizes: 519 Republicans, 515 Democrats, and 610 independents. The additional interviews were obtained through callbacks to people indicating party id on a previous poll. The total sample was then weighted to party distribution targets from the general population portion of the poll. The error due to sampling for results based on the entire sample could be plus or minus three percentage points. The margin of error for Republicans, Democrats and independents is 6 points. The error for subgroups may be higher. Interviews were conducted in English and Spanish. This poll release conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.
Collection Mode
  • telephone interview

    Additional information about CBS News Polls can be found at CBS News Polls Web site.

This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 36195 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-25 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2015-08-25

CBS News (2015): CBS News Poll, February 2014. Version 1. CBS News/New York Times Poll Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.