CBS News/Vanity Fair Monthly Poll #2, August 2010 (ICPSR 32503)

Published: Feb 15, 2012

Principal Investigator(s):
CBS News; Vanity Fair


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This poll, fielded August 20-24, 2010, solicited respondents' opinion on how Barack Obama was handling the office of president, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the economy, and terrorism, whether Congress is handling their job well, their opinions of Sarah Palin and Michelle Obama, whether war causalities were worth the cost of attacking Iraq, and what was the most important problem facing the United States. Respondents were also asked whether they feel that the terror threat was reduced by the Iraq and the Afghanistan wars, whether they thought the economy had improved, their estimate of how long the recession might last. Respondents were also queried about Islam, World Trade Center, tax cuts, hurricane Katrina, rebuilding New Orleans, federal help to Katrina cities and who bore responsibility for the recession. 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, and voter registration status and participation history.

CBS News, and Vanity Fair  . CBS News/Vanity Fair Monthly Poll #2, August 2010. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2012-02-15.

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2010-08-20 -- 2010-08-24

Variable ZIP was recoded to 99999 for respondent confidentiality.

The DDL file which was previously released as the "Data Collection Instrument" is no longer being provided.

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).



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2012-02-15 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:

  • Performed consistency checks.
  • Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

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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