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Principal Investigator(s): CBS News; 60 Minutes; Vanity Fair
This poll, the last of two fielded April 2012, 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 whether they thought the country was headed in the right direction, and how likely it was that there would be another terrorist attack on the United States within the next few months. Respondents were also queried on their daily driving experiences, whether they were planning on buying a car, how they would rate the condition of the system of roads and bridges in the area where they live, and how safe they feel driving on the local roads and bridges. Opinions were also sought about gasoline prices, the changes in the Republican Party and the Democratic Party over recent decades, and gun control laws. A variety of additional topics were mentioned including upcoming holidays and the Buffett rule. Finally, respondents were asked whether they voted in the 2008 presidential election and who they voted for, whether they supported the Tea Party movement, whether they were registered to vote, and whether they owned a firearm. Demographic information includes sex, age, race, social class, marital status, household makeup, 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.
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CBS News, 60 Minutes, and Vanity Fair. CBS News/60 Minutes/Vanity Fair National Poll, April #2, 2012. ICPSR34613-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2013-06-11. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34613.v1
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34613.v1
Scope of Study
Subject Terms: air travel, authority, automobile use, automobiles, cellular phones, Democratic Party (USA), driving habits, gasoline prices, gun control legislation, gun ownership, holidays, pain, patriotism, political parties, presidential elections, public opinion, Republican Party (USA), Tea Party movement, terrorism, terrorist threat, transport infrastructure, voters, voting behavior
Smallest Geographic Unit: congressional district
Geographic Coverage: United States
Date of Collection:
Unit of Observation: individual
Universe: Persons aged 18 years or 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. 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: 2013-06-11
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