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Voter News Service Presidential Primary Exit Polls, 1996

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Voter News Service
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
abortion; Affirmative Action; candidates; congressional elections; domestic trade; education; election forecasting; exit polls; gubernatorial elections; immigration; national elections; presidential elections; referendum; religious right; social influences; voter preferences; voter turnout; voters; voting behavior; voting precincts
  • Abstract

    For this data collection, voters were interviewed as they left their polling places after voting in either the Democratic or Republican primary in 29 states in March 1996. Respondents were asked a series of questions covering presidential choice and were asked to identify the most important issues and factors that influenced that choice. Other topics included the Religious Right, education, abortion, immigration, affirmative action, and United States trade. The national primary files (Parts 32-35) are a combination of the state sample precincts for primary elections taking place on March 5, March 12, March 19, and March 26, 1996. Demographic information includes sex, race, age, family income, religion, education, and party identification.
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1996-03
  • Collection date: 1996-03
Geographic Coverage
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • New Hampshire
  • New York (state)
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • United States
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin
Sampled Universe
United States voters on Primary Day 1996 in 29 states.
The state samples were selected in two stages: First, a probability sample of voting precincts was selected to represent the different geographic areas across the state and the vote by party. Precincts that voted more Republican in the past were sampled at a higher rate than precincts that voted more Democratic (except in Illinois and New Hampshire, where Voter News Service interviewed Democrats and Republicans). Second, within each sample precinct, voters were sampled systematically throughout the voting day at a rate that gave all voters in a precinct the same chance of being interviewed.
Collection Mode
  • Illinois and New Hampshire each have two datasets, one for the Democratic primary election and one for the Republican primary election.

2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 36 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.1999-04-26 The data collection instruments are now available as part of the PDF codebook.
Not available
This study is no longer distributed by ICPSR.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 2015 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Voter News Service (1997): Voter News Service Presidential Primary Exit Polls, 1996. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.