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CBS News/60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Monthly Poll #3, November 2010 (ICPSR 33207)

Principal Investigator(s): CBS News; 60 Minutes; Vanity Fair


This poll, fielded November 29 - December 01, 2010, is a part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicits public opinion on the presidency and on a range of other political and social issues. Respondents were asked whether they approved of the way Barack Obama was handling his job as president, the economy, and foreign policy. Respondents were also asked whether they approved of the way Congress was handing its job, their rating of the national economy, and whether they thought the public had the right to know everything the government does, even if it affected national security. Opinions were sought on the severity of the country's budget deficit, how respondents would balance the federal budget, whether respondents felt that Obama spent enough time trying to fix the nation's economy, whether he has done enough for small business owners and large corporations, and whether the tax cuts passed in 2001 should continue. Multiple questions addressed airport security and included questions that asked whether the new "full body" digital X-ray machines should be used at airports, whether the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) pat-downs were too intrusive, whether heightened security measures should be used on all passengers, how effective they thought the new security measures would be in stopping future terrorists attacks on airplanes, whether they had chosen not to fly commercially because of the new security measures, and whether they or their friends or relatives knew someone who was killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack. Additional topics covered were Sarah Palin, information made public by Wikileaks, Russia and the United States agreeing to limit nuclear weapons, the possibility of the conflict between North and South Korea developing into a military conflict, the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, homosexuals in the military, and the National Football League (NFL) lockout. Demographic variables include sex, age, race, education level, household income, religious preference, type of residential area (e.g., urban or rural), political party affiliation, political philosophy, voter registration status, and whether respondents thought of themselves as born-again Christians.

Series: CBS News/New York Times Poll Series

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Study Description


CBS News, 60 Minutes, and Vanity Fair. CBS News/60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Monthly Poll #3, November 2010. ICPSR33207-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2012-03-06. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR33207.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR33207.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    air transportation, airport security, airports, attitudes, foreign policy, gays and lesbians, government, national debt, national economy, national security, nuclear weapons, Obama Administration (2009- ), Palin, Sarah, presidential performance, public opinion, security, September 11 attack, tax cuts, terrorist attacks

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2010-11

Date of Collection:   

  • 2010-11-29--2010-12-01

Unit of Observation:    individual

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

This data collection was produced by CBS News, New York, NY.

The variable CNTY (FIPS county) has been removed to prevent a disclosure risk issue.

This monthly poll was administered during 3 days that overlap with ICPSR study 33206, CBS News/60 Minutes/Vanity Fair November Monthly Poll #2. No additional information was provided to conclude that they should be merged or used together for analysis.

The DDL file previously released as the "Data Collection Instrument" will no longer be included in the CBS Polls Series.


Sample:    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).

Time Method:    Cross-sectional

Weight:    The data contains 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.

Mode of Data Collection:    telephone interview

Extent of Processing:   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.


Original ICPSR Release:   2012-03-06



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