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CBS News/60 Minutes/New York Times/Vanity Fair Monthly Poll #2, October 2010

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • CBS News
  • 60 Minutes
  • The New York Times
  • Vanity Fair
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • CBS News/New York Times Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
attitudes; born-again Christians; employment; gays and lesbians; Health Maintenance Organizations; holidays; Iraq War; marijuana; Obama, Barack; political philosophy; presidential performance; Prohibition Era; public opinion; religion; Social Security; Tea Party movement; Thanksgiving; Voting Rights Act (1965-USA)
  • Abstract

    This poll, fielded October 6-8, 2010 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, whether they felt that Barack Obama should be re-elected, and whether the country was going in the right direction. Opinions were collected about the Tea Party movement, gays serving in the military, the legalization of marijuana, prohibition, the Iraq war, Social Security, and the Voting Rights Act. Additional topics included Thanksgiving, Columbus Day, Halloween and trick-or-treating, fictional and hypothetical scenarios, and knowledge of common acronyms. 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, and whether respondents thought of themselves as born-again Christians.
  • Methods

    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.
  • 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: Created variable labels and/or value labels.; Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 2010-10
  • 2010-10-06 / 2010-10-08
    Collection date: 2010-10-06--2010-10-08
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Persons aged 18 years and older living in households with telephones in the 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

    To preserve respondent confidentiality, codes for the variable CNTY (FIPS County) were replaced with 9s.

    The DDL file formerly released as the "Data Collection Instrument" will no longer be released for this series.

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
  • 33062 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR33062.v1

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 5 | Registration Date: 2015-06-16

CBS News; 60 Minutes; The New York Times; Vanity Fair (2012): CBS News/60 Minutes/New York Times/Vanity Fair Monthly Poll #2, October 2010. Archival Version. CBS News/New York Times Poll Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.