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CBS News/Vanity Fair Monthly Poll #2, November 2009 (ICPSR 30406)

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This special topic poll, fielded November 29-30, 2009, is a part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicit public opinion on a wide range of political and social issues. This poll surveyed 773 adults in the United States. Respondents were asked how they would feel if detainees from Guantanamo Bay were transferred to a prison in their state, what major city they thought best reflected American culture and values, whether they had friends of a different race, and which type of Hollywood movie they would most like to star in. Respondents were also asked about their future plans for the year, whether they planned on voting in the 2010 election, losing weight, volunteering or doing charity work, quitting smoking and drinking, taking a vacation, changing jobs, paying taxes on time, and spending more time with the family. Information was collected on how respondents watched their favorite television shows, which superhero power they would like to have, whether or not they had children, and whether they were happy with their current childcare arrangements. Opinions were solicited about respondents views on Wal-Mart, whether they had a favorable view of Wal-Mart and why, whether there was a Wal-Mart in their area, and how often they shopped at Wal-Mart. Demographic variables include sex, age, race, education level, marital status, household income, employment status, political party affiliation, political philosophy, voter registration status, religious preference, and the presence of adults between the ages of 18 and 29 in the household.

CBS News, and Vanity Fair. CBS News/Vanity Fair Monthly Poll #2, November 2009. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-06-06.

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2009-11-29 -- 2009-11-30

The data available for download are not weighted and users will need to weight the data prior to analysis.

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

Truncated value labels in variables Q4, Q5, Q15, and Q17 were 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, November 2009. ICPSR30406-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-06-06.

2011-06-06 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.
  • Created online analysis version with question text.
  • 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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