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CBS News/60 Minutes/Vanity Fair National Poll, December #2, 2011 (ICPSR 34465)

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This poll, fielded December of 2011 and the second of two, is a part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicits public opinion on a range of political and social issues. Respondents were asked how well Barack Obama was handling the presidency, foreign policy, and the economy. Further questions asked respondents whether the country was moving in the right direction, the most important problem facing the country, the state of the national economy, how the government was working, and whether Congress was performing their job well. Opinions were sought on illegal immigration, job creation, the budget deficit, Medicare and Social Security, and raising taxes on households making more than one million dollars. Further information was sought about how concerned the respondent was that they or someone in their household would lose their job in the next twelve months, their family's financial outlook, and whether they or a family member were on Medicare, Social Security, or any other type of government benefits. Respondents were queried about how much attention they were paying to the 2012 campaign, whether they planned to vote in a 2012 primary or caucus, whether they watched or listened to the Republican debates, who they preferred for the Republican nomination and how sure they were about this choice, their enthusiasm for the 2012 election, how well they knew the Republican candidates' economic policies, and which issues were most important when choosing the Republican nominee. Opinions were also sought on the candidates for the Republican nomination with special attention on the political philosophies, personalities, beliefs, and values of candidates Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, and Newt Gingrich. Finally, respondents were asked a number of questions pertaining to their social lives and societal attitudes. Demographic information includes sex, age, race, marital status, education level, household income, employment status, religious preference, type of residential area (e.g., urban or rural), political party affiliation, political philosophy, voter registration status, voting behavior, number of phones, and whether respondents thought of themselves as born-again Christians.

CBS News, 60 Minutes, and Vanity Fair. CBS News/60 Minutes/Vanity Fair National Poll, December #2, 2011. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2013-01-03.

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Bachmann, Michele   budget cuts   campaign issues   economic conditions   economic policy   economic recovery   foreign policy   Gingrich, Newt   government programs   Huntsman, Jon   illegal immigrants   job performance   job security   Medicare   national debt   national economy   national politics   Obama Administration (2009- )   Obama, Barack   Paul, Ron   Perry, Rick   political affiliation   political attitudes   political awareness   political campaigns   political leaders   political opposition   political participation   political parties   presidential campaigns   presidential candidates   presidential debates   presidential elections   presidential performance   primaries   public approval   public opinion   recession   Republican Party (USA)   Romney, Mitt   Santorum, Rick   social issues   Social Security   tax cuts   tax increases   tax policy   tax reform   Tea Party movement   unemployment   United States Congress   voting behavior

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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).

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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, December #2, 2011. ICPSR34465-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2013-01-03.

2013-01-03 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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