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CBS News/60 Minutes/Vanity Fair National Poll, September #2, 2012 (ICPSR 34635)

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This poll, the last of two fielded in September 2012, is a part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicit public opinion on a range of political and social issues. Respondents were asked about the job approval of past presidents such as Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush. Opinions were also collected on issues such as the Electoral College, lobbying rights, legalization of marijuana, and Islam. Respondents were queried on whether they voted in the 2008 presidential election and who they voted for, as well as when they last participated in an election of any kind. Additional topics include the upcoming Halloween holiday and various superstitions. 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, whether respondents were registered to vote, 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 National Poll, September #2, 2012. ICPSR34635-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2013-07-03. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34635.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   Bush, George W., Clinton, Bill, Democratic Party (USA), Eisenhower, Dwight, Electoral College, employment, holidays, Islam, marijuana, political parties, presidential campaigns, presidential debates, presidential elections, presidential performance, public opinion, Reagan, Ronald, Republican Party (USA), Roosevelt, Franklin D., Tea Party movement, voter registration

Smallest Geographic Unit:   congressional district

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 2012-09

Date of Collection:  

  • 2012-09

Unit of Observation:   individual

Universe:   Persons aged 18 years or older living in households with telephones in the Unites 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).

Time Method:   Cross-sectional

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.


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