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CBS News/New York Times General Election Exit Poll: National File, 1988

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • CBS News
  • The New York Times
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • CBS News/New York Times Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
Bush, George H.W.; candidates; congressional elections; Dukakis, Michael; economic conditions; exit polls; gubernatorial elections; national elections; political issues; political parties; presidential elections; public opinion; voter attitudes; voter preferences
  • Abstract

    This survey is part of an ongoing data collection effort by CBS News and The New York Times. Interviews were conducted with voters as they left the polls on election day, November 8, 1988. Respondents were asked about their vote choices in the presidential, senate, and gubernatorial races, the issues and factors that most influenced those votes, and whether they felt George Bush and Michael Dukakis spent more time explaining their stands on the issues or attacking each other. Other 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


    • DS1: Dataset
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
  • This dataset has a weight variable that must be used in any analysis. The data contain blanks and alphabetic characters.

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
  • 9138 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
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Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

CBS News; The New York Times (1989): CBS News/New York Times General Election Exit Poll: National File, 1988. Archival Version. CBS News/New York Times Poll Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.