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CBS News/60 Minutes/Vanity Fair National Survey, March #3, 2011

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • CBS News
  • 60 Minutes
  • Vanity Fair
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • CBS News/New York Times Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
abortion; birth control; Catholic Church; divorce; drinking age; environment; federal income tax; global warming; golf; investments; medical care; nuclear power plants; Obama, Barack; Pope Benedict XVI; public opinion; religion; space shuttle; Tea Party movement
  • Abstract

    This poll, fielded March 31 to April 3, 2011, 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 whether they approved of the way Barack Obama was handling his job as president, whether they thought the country was headed in the right direction, whether they felt they paid their fair share in federal income taxes, and whether they had already filed their income taxes. Opinions were gathered on the Catholic religion, Pope Benedict XVI, whether the Catholic Church has become more liberal or conservative under Pope Benedict, whether the Catholic Church is in touch with the needs of Catholics today, whether medical care at Catholic hospitals is better than that at non-Catholic hospitals, and whether Catholic hospitals perform legal medical procedures that go against church teachings. Respondents were queried on whether they thought that someone who practices artificial birth control, gets divorced, or has an abortion could still be a good Catholic, whether they thought that global warming is an environmental problem that is causing a serious impact now, and how much progress they thought has been made toward solving environmental problems since the first Earth Day 40 years ago. Respondents were then asked a number of questions about pets; whether they owned one, whether they considered it to be a member of the family, whether their pet slept with them, and how much money they would spend on them if they were sick. Additional topics included abortion, the legal drinking age, nuclear power plants, the space shuttle, Reuters, religious service attendance, the Tea Party movement, and the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. 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, 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.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 2011-03 / 2011-04
    Time period: 2011-03--2011-04
  • 2011-03-31 / 2011-04-03
    Collection date: 2011-03-31--2011-04-03
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Persons aged 18 years and older living in households with telephones in the United States. Smallest Geographic Unit: state
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

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Alternative Identifiers
  • 33489 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR33489.v1

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

CBS News; 60 Minutes; Vanity Fair (2012): CBS News/60 Minutes/Vanity Fair National Survey, March #3, 2011. Archival Version. CBS News/New York Times Poll Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.