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Principal Investigator(s): CBS News; 60 Minutes; Vanity Fair
This poll, fielded September of 2011 and the second of two, 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, foreign policy, the economy, and job creation. Respondents were also asked for their opinions on whether Congress was performing their job well, the budget deficit, program cuts, raising taxes, and their favorability of potential Republican candidates for president. Other questions sought respondent's opinions on the most important problem facing the country at that time, whether they felt the country was moving in the right direction, the Afghanistan War, and the future involvement of United States troops in Afghanistan. Additional topics included gays/lesbians in the military, the United States Postal Service, the World Series, unemployment and concern about future unemployment, the Tea Party movement, and respondent sleeping habits. Demographic information includes sex, age, race, marital status, 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.
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CBS News, 60 Minutes, and Vanity Fair. CBS News/60 Minutes/Vanity Fair National Poll, September #2, 2011. ICPSR34459-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2013-01-29. doi:10.3886/ICPSR34459.v1
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34459.v1
Scope of Study
Subject Terms: Afghanistan War, Bachmann, Michele, Christie, Chris, Democratic Party (USA), elections, foreign policy, Gingrich, Newt, influence, job loss, job performance, national debt, national economy, Obama, Barack, Palin, Sarah, presidential campaigns, presidential debates, presidential performance, public opinion, Republican Party (USA), Romney, Mitt, Santorum, Rick, tax increases, Tea Party movement, United States Congress, voting behavior
Smallest Geographic Unit: congressional district
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).
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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
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:
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Original ICPSR Release: 2013-01-29
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