CBS News/60 Minutes/Vanity Fair National Poll, July #2, 2012 Archival Version


This poll, fielded July 2012, and the second 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 about the condition of the economy, and whether things in the country were on the right track. Opinions were collected on financial institutions and whether they favor large investors, as well as the likelihood of another financial crisis. Respondents were queried on unemployment, including who is to blame for the high unemployment rate and what will happen to the unemployment rate over the next few months. Several questions addressed modes of transportation, including which mode is the most cost-effective, is the safest, and which one respondents prefer for traveling long distances. Other questions addressed a variety of pop-culture and social issues, such as plants, live theater, traditions, national landmarks, abortion, and taxpayer's money. Demographic variables include sex, age, race, education level, household income, social class, 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, and the number of phones in their household. The data contain a weight variable that should be used in analyzing the data. 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. 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.. Persons aged 18 years and older living in households with telephones in the United States. Smallest Geographic Unit: congressional district 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). telephone interview

Related Identifier DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR34618.v1
Metadata Access
Creator CBS;Vanity Fair;60 Minutes
Publisher ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research
Publication Year 2013
Rights Delivery;This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Contact ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research
Language English
Resource Type Dataset;survey data
Discipline Economic
Spatial Coverage {"United States","Time period: 2012-07","Collection date: 2012-07"}
Temporal Coverage {"United States","Time period: 2012-07","Collection date: 2012-07"}