CBS News/60 Minutes/Vanity Fair National Poll, February #2, 2012 (ICPSR 34577)

Published: Apr 10, 2013

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CBS News; 60 Minutes; Vanity Fair


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This poll, fielded February, 2012, and the last of two, is part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicits public opinion on a range of political and social issues. Respondents were asked whether things in the country were on the right track, whether they supported the Tea Party, and for their opinions on gasoline prices. Information was collected on respondent's frequency of purchases with credit cards or cash, family finances, preferences for small business or chain store shopping, buying products made in the United States, and opinions on price vs. quality of products and services. Also, a variety of pop culture topics were addressed, including but not limited to, clothing preferences, personal electronic devices, profane language on broadcast television, and opinions on hypothetical scenarios. Demographic variables include sex, age, race, education level, household income, employment status, religious preference and participation, type of residential area (e.g., urban or rural), whether respondents thought of themselves as born-again Christians, marital status, household composition, political party affiliation, political philosophy, voter registration status, voting behavior, whether they served in the armed forces, and the number of phones in their household.

CBS News, 60 Minutes, and Vanity Fair. CBS News/60 Minutes/Vanity Fair National Poll, February #2, 2012 . Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2013-04-10.

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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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2013-04-10 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.

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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