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The New York Times Mexico Survey, 1986

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • The New York Times
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
drug use; economic conditions; families; government effectiveness; government expenditures; government performance; hational economy; income; international relations; political affiliation; political participation; public opinion; quality of life; religious beliefs
  • Abstract

    The New York Times conducted interviews with residents of Mexico to measure public opinion in that country on current social, economic, and political issues. Respondents were asked to comment on the state of the Mexican national economy, their personal political beliefs and party identification, views on the performance of the Mexican government, feelings toward the use of illegal drugs, religious practices, employment status and job description, educational attainments, income, and family composition. They also listed both the positive and negative aspects of life in the United States, compared them with life in Mexico, and gave their opinions on both the American government and the American people. Their attitudes toward the United States were judged in comparison with those for Spain, Cuba, Japan, the Soviet Union, France, and Columbia. They were also questioned about their feelings toward the Sandinista government in Nicaragua.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1986-10-28 / 1986-11-04
    Time period: 1986-10-28--1986-11-04
  • 1986-10-28 / 1986-11-04
    Collection date: 1986-10-28--1986-11-04
Geographic Coverage
  • Global
  • Mexico
Sampled Universe
Adult population of Mexico.
National probability sample of 1,576 individuals living in communities greater than 2,499 inhabitants and a smaller, representative sample of 299 individuals living in communities with 1,000 to 2,499 inhabitants.
Collection Mode
  • The variable, WEIGHT, applies to the national probability sample of 1,576 individuals living in communities with a population in excess of 2,499 but should not be applied for analysis of the 299 respondents living in smaller towns (individuals coded 1 in CITYSIZE, 36 in CITY, and 2 in FILTER). Hard-copy materials include a variable description list and questionnaire written in English and a list of codes and questionnaire written in Spanish. Only the variable description list contains the correct variable locations for this dataset. Column locations described in the Spanish language materials are not applicable.

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Alternative Identifiers
  • 8666 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08666.v1
  • McCann, James A., Dominguez, Jorge I.. Mexicans react to electoral fraud and political corruption: an assessment of public opinion and voting behavior. Electoral Studies.17, (4), 483-503.1998.
    • ID: 10.1016/S0261-3794(98)00026-2 (DOI)

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

The New York Times (1987): The New York Times Mexico Survey, 1986. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.