CBS News/60 Minutes/Vanity Fair National Poll, May #2, 2011 (ICPSR 33964)

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This survey, fielded May 20-23, 2011, is part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicits public opinion on a range of political and social issues. Respondents were asked for their opinions of political figures President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Tim Pawlenty, Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, and former President George W. Bush. Respondents were asked if they felt the country was going in the right direction, how President Obama and Congress were handling their jobs, and how things were going in Washington. Opinions were sought about how much influence various groups such as large corporations, labor unions, Planned Parenthood, the National Rifle Association, and special interest groups had on the government, who benefits most from the policies of the federal government, whether Congress serves special interest groups, and whether the salaries and benefits of the members of Congress are too high. Further questions addressed whether a political candidate's marital status mattered when deciding who to vote for, and whether more investigations were necessary into the bankers and members of high finance that played a role in the economic crash of 2008. Respondents were also asked which issues they were most angry about including federal policies, the political parties, and religious issues. Additional topics include plans for travelling over the summer, whether respondents thought being a father was more difficult now than when they were a child, whether they flew an American flag on holidays such as the Fourth of July or Flag Day, ATM fees, hypothetical scenarios, and whether they had ever looked up a map of registered sex offenders. Respondents were also asked about the condition of the national economy, their household financial situation, whether they had a close family member or friend or knew anyone who died in the September 11, 2001 attacks, and if they supported the Tea Party movement. Demographic information included sex, age, race, education level, household income, employment status, marital status, whether the respondent had children, religious preference, type of residential area (e.g., urban or rural), and state of residence, type of phone(s), number of phones, political party affiliation, political philosophy, voting behavior, and whether the respondent is a born-again Christian.

CBS News, 60 Minutes, and Vanity Fair. CBS News/60 Minutes/Vanity Fair National Poll, May #2, 2011. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2012-06-18.

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abortion   bank failures   bin Laden, Osama   Bush, George W.   compensation   corporations   corruption   Democratic Party (USA)   economic crises   elections   fathers   federal budget deficit   Federal Reserve System   genealogy   Gingrich, Newt   government spending   influence   labor unions   marital status   National Rifle Association   Obama, Barack   Obama, Michelle   Palin, Sarah   party identification   Planned Parenthood   political ideologies   political influence   public opinion   religious beliefs   Republican Party (USA)   same-sex marriage   September 11 attack   sex offender registration   sex offenders   special interest groups   taxes   Tea Party movement   unemployment   United States Congress   voter registration   Wall Street


Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research
2011-05-20 -- 2011-05-23

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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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, 60 Minutes, and Vanity Fair. CBS News/60 Minutes/Vanity Fair National Poll, May #2, 2011. ICPSR33964-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2012-06-18.

2012-06-18 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 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.


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