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ABC News General Election Exit Polls, 1985

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • ABC News
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
casinos; elections; exit polls; gubernatorial elections; juvenile crime; public fiugres; public opinion; quality of life; voter preferences; voting behavior
  • Abstract

    These data were collected at polling places in Detroit (Part 1) and New Jersey (Part 2) as voters exited the polls on Election Day, 1985. In Detroit, questions included vote choices for mayor, city clerk, city council, and Proposal "S" relating to school millage. Voters' opinions were sought on various public officials, casino gambling, juvenile crime, and the quality of life in Detroit. Voters in New Jersey were asked how they voted in the governor and state assembly races. In addition, they were asked to evaluate the quality of life in New Jersey and to compare the gubernatorial candidates. Demographic information recorded for all respondents in this collection include sex, age, education, race, income, union membership, and political orientation.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Detroit
    • DS2: New Jersey
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1985-11-05
  • Collection date: 1985-11-05
Geographic Coverage
  • Detroit
  • Michigan
  • New Jersey
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Voters in the city of Detroit and state of New Jersey general elections on November 5, 1985.
Polling places were chosen by random selection.
Collection Mode
  • The data contain blanks.

2007-05-04 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.2006-01-18 File CB8588.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.
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
  • 8588 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08588.v1

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

ABC News (1989): ABC News General Election Exit Polls, 1985. Archival Version. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.