Principal Investigator(s): CBS News; The New York Times; 60 Minutes; Vanity Fair
This poll, the only survey fielded June 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 felt things in the United States were going in the right direction, whether they felt the United States Postal Service (USPS) should close branch offices and/or end Saturday service to help solve its financial problems, how frequently respondents used USPS, and whether they thought USPS did a good job. Multiple questions addressed genetically modified (GM) foods, including respondents' familiarity with GM foods, whether they were concerned about consuming GM foods, what those concerns were, how often they eat GM foods, what kinds of GM food they eat, and whether GM foods should have a label identifying the ingredients as having been genetically modified. Additional topics include beef consumption, global warming, summer leisure activities, and summer meals. 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, whether respondents voted in the 2008 presidential election, who they voted for, and whether respondents thought of themselves as born-again Christians.
CBS News, The New York Times, 60 Minutes, and Vanity Fair. CBS News/New York Times/60 Minutes/Vanity Fair National Poll, June #1, 2012. ICPSR34642-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2013-06-05. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34642.v1
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34642.v1
Scope of Study
Subject Terms: Democratic Party (USA), economic conditions, elections, food preferences, food safety, genetic engineering, global warming, leisure, McCain, John, Obama, Barack, political parties, public opinion, Republican Party (USA), United States Postal Service, 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 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).
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: 2013-06-05
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