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CBS News Election Surveys, 1978

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • CBS News
  • The New York Times
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • CBS News/New York Times Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
Carter, Jimmy; congressional elections; exit polls; political issues; presidential candidates; presidential elections; voter preferences; voting behavior
  • Abstract

    This data collection consists of two election surveys. Part 1, Pre-Congressional Poll, contains a nationwide telephone survey conducted in late September 1978, focusing on the respondents' voting intentions for the 1978 United States Congressional elections. A total of 1,451 randomly selected adults were surveyed. Respondents were asked whether they intended to vote and what issues would influence their vote, their reactions to President Carter's policies, and their preferences for presidential candidates in 1980. Demographic information including age, race, religion, income, political orientation, and education is available for each respondent. Part 2, Nationwide Election Day Poll, contains a nationwide "exit" survey conducted at the polls on election day, November 7, 1978. A total of 8,808 randomly selected voters were asked to fill out a questionnaire asking which party they voted for in the Congressional election and their opinion on a number of current political issues. Demographic information for respondents in Part 2 includes age, race, religion, income, and labor union affiliation. These datasets were made available to the ICPSR by the Election and Survey Unit of CBS News. The Pre-Congressional Poll was conducted solely by CBS News.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Pre-Congressional Poll, September 1978
    • DS2: Nationwide Election Day Poll, 1978
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1978
  • Collection date: 1978
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Part 1: Adults with telephones in their households living in the coterminous United States. Part 2: Voters in the November 1978 congressional election.
Part 1: Random-digit dialing. Part 2: Precincts were selected with probability proportionate to the total vote cast in a recent past election. Within precincts, respondents were selected on a systematic random basis.
Collection Mode
  • There are three implied decimal places in the weight variables for both data files.

2006-01-18 File CB7814.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 7814 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Frankovic, Kathleen A.. Public opinion trends. The Election of 1980: Reports and Interpretations.Chatham, NJ: Chatham House. 1981.

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

CBS News; The New York Times (1984): CBS News Election Surveys, 1978. Version 1. CBS News/New York Times Poll Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.