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CBS News/New York Times Primary Election Exit Polls, 1988

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • CBS News
  • The New York Times
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
exit polls; political issues; presidency; presidential candidates; presidential elections; presidential performance; primaries; public approval; public opinion; Reagan, Ronald; voter preferences; voting behavior
  • Abstract

    For this data collection voters in Democratic and Republican primaries (Parts 9-14, Democratic only) were surveyed as they left their polling places. Respondents were asked which presidential candidate they voted for, the issues and qualities of the candidates that most affected their vote, when they decided the candidate they would vote for, and if someone from their candidate's organization had solicited their vote. Additional items varied by state questionnaire and included respondents' prior participation in primaries, presidential vote choice in 1984, opinions of various candidates and possible party tickets, and approval/disapproval of the Reagan presidency. Demographic information collected includes sex, race, age, religion, education, political party identification, and family income.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Iowa Democratic Primary, February 8
    • DS2: Iowa Republican Primary, February 8
    • DS3: New Hampshire Democratic Primary, February 16
    • DS4: New Hampshire Republican Primary, February 16
    • DS5: South Dakota Democratic Primary, February 23
    • DS6: South Dakota Republican Primary, February 23
    • DS7: Illinois Democratic Primary, March 15
    • DS8: Illinois Republican Primary, March 15
    • DS9: Wisconsin Democratic Primary, April 5
    • DS10: New York Democratic Primary, April 19
    • DS11: Pennsylvania Democratic Primary, April 26
    • DS12: Indiana Democratic Primary, May 3
    • DS13: Ohio Democratic Primary, May 3
    • DS14: New Jersey Democratic Primary, June 7
    • DS15: California Primary, June 7
Temporal Coverage
  • 1988-02 / 1988-06
    Time period: 1988-02--1988-06
  • 1988-02 / 1988-06
    Collection date: 1988-02--1988-06
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
United States voters in 11 states participating in primary elections between February and June, 1988.
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 of this study has a weight variable that must be used in any analysis. The data contain blanks and alphabetic characters.

2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 16 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 16 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 9140 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09140.v1
  • Bartels, Larry M., Broh, C. Anthony. A review: The 1988 presidential primaries. Public Opinion Quarterly.53, (4), 563-589.1989.
    • ID: 10.1086/269172 (DOI)

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 Primary Election Exit Polls, 1988. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.