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ABC News Primary Election Exit Polls, February-June, 1988

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • ABC News
Other Title
  • Version 2 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
Bush, George H.W.; Dukakis, Michael; exit polls; Jackson, Jesse; presidency; presidential candidates; presidential elections; primaries; public opinion; vice-presidential candidates; voter preferences; voting behavior
  • Abstract

    This data collection consists of 16 surveys conducted in states that held primary elections between February and June, 1988. Voters were asked to fill out questionnaires as they exited the polling places. Respondents were asked if they voted in the Democratic or Republican primary (Parts 1-3, 6-7), for whom they voted, if there were any candidates they definitely would not vote for (Parts 1-4), their vote choice among the various Democratic candidates facing George Bush (Parts 6-16), and factors that influenced their vote. In Parts 10-16, voters also were queried regarding the vice-presidential nominee selection process, their choice of a running mate for Michael Dukakis, and their opinions on the views of Dukakis and Jackson. Additional information supplied for all respondents includes their views on the Reagan presidency, their 1984 presidential vote choice, age, education, race, sex, income, religious preference, ancestry, and political orientation.
  • 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


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: New Hampshire: February 16, 1988
    • DS2: South Dakota: February 23, 1988
    • DS3: Vermont: March 1, 1988
    • DS4: South Carolina: March 5, 1988
    • DS5: Illinois: March 15, 1988
    • DS6: Connecticut: March 29, 1988
    • DS7: Wisconsin: April 5, 1988
    • DS8: New York: April 19, 1988
    • DS9: Pennsylvania: April 26, 1988
    • DS10: Ohio: May 3, 1988
    • DS11: Indiana: May 3, 1988
    • DS12: Nebraska: May 3, 1988
    • DS13: West Virginia: May 10, 1988
    • DS14: California: May 10, 1988
    • DS15: New Jersey: June 7, 1988
    • DS16: New Mexico: June 7, 1988
Temporal Coverage
  • 1988-02-16 / 1988-06-07
    Time period: 1988-02-16--1988-06-07
  • 1988-02-16 / 1988-06-07
    Collection date: 1988-02-16--1988-06-07
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Voters participating in primary elections held in 16 states between February and June, 1988. Part 4 polled Republican primary voters only. Parts 8-16 polled voters in Democratic primaries only.
Polling places were chosen by random selection.
Collection Mode
  • The data contain blanks and dashes (-).

2009-04-21 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.2006-01-18 File CB8994.ALL.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
  • 8994 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08994.v1
  • (author unknown). Big Apple showdown. Time.131, (16), 22 -1988.

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

ABC News (1989): ABC News Primary Election Exit Polls, February-June, 1988. Version 2. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v2. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.