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CBS News/Vanity Fair Monthly Poll #3, August 2010 (ICPSR 32504)

Principal Investigator(s): CBS News; Vanity Fair


This poll, fielded August 27-31, 2010, solicited New York City residents' opinion on Michael Bloomberg's job as mayor, the most important problem facing New York City, David Paterson's handling of his job as governor, and whether they approved or disapproved of the way Barack Obama was handling his job as president. They were also queried on whether they heard about the plan to build a mosque and Islamic community center two blocks from Ground Zero of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, whether they favored or opposed the building of the mosque, whether they thought people should have the right to build a house of worship near Ground Zero, and whether they thought people should have the right to build a mosque near Ground Zero. Opinions were sought on New York Congressman Charles Rangel, whether they were familiar with the accusations associated with Rangel, how much truth there were to these accusations, what they thought Rangel should do going forward, and whether Rangel had higher or lower ethical standards compared to others in the Congress. They were asked whether they thought Arab Americans, Muslims, and immigrants from the Middle East were being singled out unfairly by people in this country, whether people they know had negative feelings towards Muslims because of the attack on the World Trade Center, whether respondents had any negative feelings towards Muslims because of the attack on the World Trade Center, whether they thought Muslim Americans are more sympathetic to terrorists, and whether they ever visited a mosque. Demographic information includes sex, age, race, education level, household income, marital status, religious preference, type of residential area (e.g., urban or rural), political party affiliation, political philosophy, religiosity, whether participant was living in New York City on September 11, 2001, how long they have lived in New York City, where they are getting most of their information pertaining to the planned mosque and Islamic community center, and voter registration status and participation history.

Series: CBS News/New York Times Poll Series

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Study Description


CBS News, and Vanity Fair. CBS News/Vanity Fair Monthly Poll #3, August 2010. ICPSR32504-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2012-03-09. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR32504.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR32504.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Arab Americans, attitudes, Bloomberg, Michael, discrimination, Islam, media use, mosques, Muslims, Obama Administration (2009- ), Obama, Barack, public opinion, September 11 attack, terrorists

Geographic Coverage:    New York (state), New York City, United States

Time Period:   

  • 2010-08

Date of Collection:   

  • 2010-08-27--2010-08-31

Unit of Observation:    individual

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Recoded variables CNTY and Q50 for respondent confidentiality.

This data collection was produced by CBS News, New York, NY.


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. 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:

  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   2012-03-09



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