CBS News/Vanity Fair Monthly Poll #2, January 2010 (ICPSR 31563)

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This poll, fielded January 29-31, 2010, is part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicits public opinion on the presidency and on a range of other political and social issues. Respondents were asked which major issue they would address if they were president, whether they agreed or disagreed with United States Supreme Court rule that allowed corporations to spend as much money as they wish on political campaigns, how they were doing financially compared to the past six months, whether they could name the other country that makes up the island of Hispaniola other than Haiti, and whether they thought that network television had generally gotten better or worse in recent years. Respondents were queried on what they missed most about being a child, what was their biggest Internet-related worry, whether they or someone in the household had made any contributions or donations to assist the victims of the earthquake in Haiti, whether they have contributed or donated to any other charities in the past year, whether they donate to charities because they feel they should do it or because they want to help those in need, whether they would like to donate more to charities, whether they mostly donate to charities and organizations in the United States or around the world, and whether they think that people have a moral responsibility to give what they can to help those in need. Respondents were also asked whether they had any siblings, how close they were to their siblings, how close they were with their siblings when they were growing up, whether they were equally close with every siblings or had some siblings that they were closer with, whether they had ever completely stopped talking with a sibling and how long it lasted, whether they ever felt competitive with their siblings and how often, whether their parents treated all the children equally or had favorites, and how often they see their siblings in person. Information was collected on which president the respondent admired most, whether they thought that the founding fathers would be pleased with the way America turned out if they came back to the present day, whether they had taken or planned on taking a winter vacation trip, whether they would marry their current spouse if they had to do it all over again, whether they believed in love at first sight, and what they thought was the most important ingredient for a successful romantic relationship. Finally, respondents were asked whether they believed that there is intelligent life on other planets, whether they believed there is non-intelligent life, such as microbes and bacteria, that exist somewhere in the universe, and whether they thought that we will have conclusive scientific proof of life elsewhere in the universe within the next twenty years. 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, and voter registration status.

CBS News, and Vanity Fair. CBS News/Vanity Fair Monthly Poll #2, January 2010. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-07-28.

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The CASEID variable was reformatted in order to make it a unique identifier.

A truncated value label in variable EDUC was corrected.

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

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).

Persons aged 18 years and older living in households with telephones in the United States.

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2018-02-15 The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented. The previous citation was:
  • CBS News, and Vanity Fair. CBS News/Vanity Fair Monthly Poll #2, January 2010. ICPSR31563-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-07-28.

2011-07-28 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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The data contain weight variables 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.


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