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CBS News/Vanity Fair Monthly Poll #2, August 2010

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • CBS News
  • Vanity Fair
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • CBS News/New York Times Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
Afghanistan War; attitudes; Bush, George W.; disaster relief; hurricanes; Iraq War; Islam; Obama, Barack; Obama, Michelle; Palin, Sarah; party identification; presidency; public opinion; recession; Republican Party (USA); tax cuts; Tea Party movement; terrorism; United States Congress; voter participation; voter registration
  • Abstract

    This poll, fielded August 20-24, 2010, solicited respondents' opinion on how Barack Obama was handling the office of president, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the economy, and terrorism, whether Congress is handling their job well, their opinions of Sarah Palin and Michelle Obama, whether war causalities were worth the cost of attacking Iraq, and what was the most important problem facing the United States. Respondents were also asked whether they feel that the terror threat was reduced by the Iraq and the Afghanistan wars, whether they thought the economy had improved, their estimate of how long the recession might last. Respondents were also queried about Islam, World Trade Center, tax cuts, hurricane Katrina, rebuilding New Orleans, federal help to Katrina cities and who bore responsibility for the recession. Demographic information includes sex, age, race, education level, household income, marital status, religious preference, type of residential area (e.g., urban or rural), political party affiliation, political philosophy, and voter registration status and participation history.
  • Methods

    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.
  • Methods

    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: Performed consistency checks.; Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 2010-08
  • 2010-08-20 / 2010-08-24
    Collection date: 2010-08-20--2010-08-24
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
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).
Collection Mode
  • telephone interview

    Variable ZIP was recoded to 99999 for respondent confidentiality.

    The DDL file which was previously released as the "Data Collection Instrument" is no longer being provided.

    This data collection was produced by CBS News, New York, NY.

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 (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 32503 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR32503.v1

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-16

CBS News; Vanity Fair (2012): CBS News/Vanity Fair Monthly Poll #2, August 2010. Archival Version. CBS News/New York Times Poll Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.