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ABC News Super Tuesday Pre-Election Tracking and Primary Election Exit Polls, 1988

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • ABC News
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
campaigns; exit polls; presidency; presidential candidates; presidential elections; presidential performance; primaries; public opinion; Reagan, Ronald; voter preferences; voting behavior
  • Abstract

    This study consists of four surveys conducted in 16 of the 21 states that held primary elections on Super Tuesday, March 8, 1988. Parts 1-3 are telephone surveys conducted from late January through early March. In Parts 1 and 2, respondents were asked if they were registered to vote, their party designation, if they intended to vote in the Democratic or Republican presidential primary, for whom they would vote if the primary were held that day, toward which candidate they were leaning, the strength of their support, and any candidates they definitely would not vote for. Additional questions sought the respondent's opinions on which party had a better chance of winning in November, the Reagan presidency, and the two most important issues in the presidential campaign. In Part 3, a sample of respondents from Parts 1 and 2 were recontacted by phone and asked for whom they would vote if the primary were being held that day, toward whom they were leaning, and the strength of their support. In Part 4, voters were asked to fill out questionnaires as they exited the polling places. They were asked whether they voted in the Democratic or Republican primary, and for whom they voted. Voters given the long form of the questionnaire were queried on additional topics including the Reagan presidency and items important in making their choice that day. Background information on all respondents in this collection includes education, age, religion, race, sex, income, voting history, and political orientation.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Pre-Election Tracking Poll: January 28-February 6, 1988
    • DS2: Pre-Election Tracking Poll: February 17-28, 1988
    • DS3: Pre-Election Recall Poll: March 3-6, 1988
    • DS4: Primary Election Exit Poll: March 8, 1988
Temporal Coverage
  • 1988-01-28 / 1988-03-08
    Time period: 1988-01-28--1988-03-08
  • 1988-01-28 / 1988-03-08
    Collection date: 1988-01-28--1988-03-08
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
The adult population, aged 18 and over, of 16 states holding primary elections on Super Tuesday, March 8, 1988. Part 3: Respondents from Parts 1 and 2. Part 4: Voters from 16 states participating in the March 8, 1988 primary elections.
Parts 1-3: Households were selected by random digit dialing. Part 4: Polling places were chosen by random selection.
Collection Mode
  • Parts 1-3 contain weight variables that must be used in analysis. The data contain blanks and dashes (-).

2006-01-18 File CB8995.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
  • 8995 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08995.v1

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

ABC News (1989): ABC News Super Tuesday Pre-Election Tracking and Primary Election Exit Polls, 1988. Archival Version. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.