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CBS News General Election Exit Poll: State Files, 1988

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • CBS News
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
candidates; congressional elections; economic conditions; elections; gubernatorial elections; political affiliation; political issues; political parties; presidential performance; public opinion; Reagan, Ronald; senatorial elections
  • Abstract

    This survey is part of an ongoing data collection effort by CBS News. Interviews were conducted with voters in 24 states as they left their polling places on election day, November 8, 1988. Respondents were asked a series of questions about their vote choices in the presidential, senate, and gubernatorial races, the issues and factors that most influenced those votes, and whether their vote for president was influenced by Reagan's policies. Questions regarding the various referenda and propositions on the ballot and other issues specific to the respondent's state also were asked. Additional items included respondents' opinions on the condition of the United States economy, their presidential vote choice in 1984, when they made their presidential choice in the current election, and the strength of that choice. Demographic information collected includes sex, race, age, employment status, religion, education, political party identification, and family income.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: California
    • DS2: Connecticut
    • DS3: Florida
    • DS4: Illinois
    • DS5: Indiana
    • DS6: Iowa
    • DS7: Maryland
    • DS8: Massachusetts
    • DS9: Michigan
    • DS10: Minnesota
    • DS11: Mississippi
    • DS12: Missouri
    • DS13: Nevada
    • DS14: New Jersey
    • DS15: New Mexico
    • DS16: New York
    • DS17: North Carolina
    • DS18: Ohio
    • DS19: Oregon
    • DS20: Pennsylvania
    • DS21: Texas
    • DS22: Vermont
    • DS23: Washington
    • DS24: Wisconsin
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1988-11-08
  • Collection date: 1988-11-08
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
United States voters participating in the November 8, 1988 national election.
The sampling frame consisted of all precincts in a state, stratified by party vote and geography. Within precincts, respondents were selected on a systematic random basis.
Collection Mode
  • Each part has a weight variable that must be used in any analysis. The data contain blanks and alphabetic characters.

2008-05-12 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.2006-01-18 File CB9136.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
  • 9136 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09136.v1
  • Jackson, Robert A., Carsey, Thomas M.. Presidential voting across the American states. American Politics Quarterly.27, (4), 379-402.1999.
    • ID: 10.1177/1532673X99027004001 (DOI)

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

CBS News (1989): CBS News General Election Exit Poll: State Files, 1988. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.