Principal Investigator(s): CBS News; 60 Minutes; Vanity Fair
This poll, fielded January 27-31, 2011 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, who was the greatest president in American history, and whether the respondents would want their child to grow up to be president. Opinions were collected about potential holidays such as Election Day, who the respondents felt was the most influential African-American in United States history, the institution of marriage, entertainment choices, medical marijuana, who or what is to blame for obesity among children, and whether laws should be enacted to prevent public acts such as breast feeding, spitting, and/or cursing. Respondents were also queried on whether they felt the United States would be more vulnerable or stronger by having no state secrets, and what they felt was the ideal retirement age. Additional topics included the Super Bowl, Valentine's Day, interest in visiting Cuba, knowledge of the location of Tunisia, in which industries respondents would be least likely to invest money, institutions for the developmentally disabled, the Tea Party movement, and the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. 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.
CBS News, 60 Minutes, and Vanity Fair. CBS News/60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Survey, January #4, 2011. ICPSR33484-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2012-05-23. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR33484.v1
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR33484.v1
Scope of Study
Subject Terms: attitudes, education, entertainment, holidays, income, Lincoln, Abraham, marijuana, marriage, Obama, Barack, opinions, party identification, political philosophy, presidency, presidential performance, religion, September 11 attack, social behavior, social issues, Tea Party movement, voting behavior, Washington, George
Smallest Geographic Unit: state
Geographic Coverage: United States
Date of Collection:
Unit of Observation: individual
Universe: Persons aged 18 years and older living in households with telephones in the United States.
Data Types: survey data
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).
Weight: 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.
Mode of Data Collection: telephone interview
- Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.
Original ICPSR Release: 2012-05-23
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