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ABC News/Washington Post Exit Poll, 1986

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • ABC News
  • The Washington Post
Other Title
  • Version 2 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
candidates; economic conditions; exit polls; national elections; political campaigns; presidential elections; presidential performance; Reagan, Ronald; voter preferences; voters; voting behavior
  • Abstract

    This survey was conducted with voters participating in the November 4, 1986 general election. Polling sites in the 48 continental United States were used. Voters were asked to fill out questionnaires as they exited the polling places. Questions included vote choices, evaluation of the way Reagan was handling his job as president, assessment of the state of the economy, and vote choices for the 1984 presidential election. Demographic questions included income, religion, age, education, sex, race, ethnic background, and political affiliation.
  • 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..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1986-11-04
  • Collection date: 1986-11-04
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Voters in the November 4, 1986 national election.
Polling sites were chosen by random selection.
Collection Mode
  • The data contain blanks.

2010-11-23 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 8641 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
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    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08641.v1
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Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

ABC News; The Washington Post (1988): ABC News/Washington Post Exit Poll, 1986. Version 2. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v2. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.