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Voter Research and Surveys/CBS News/New York Times General Election Exit Poll: National File, 1990

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Voter Research and Surveys
  • CBS News
  • The New York Times
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
abortion; Bush Administration (1989-1993); Bush, George H.W.; capital punishment; congressional elections; defense spending; drug abuse; exit polls; federal budget deficit; gubernatorial elections; household income; issues; party identification; Persian Gulf War; presidential elections; presidential performance; public approval; savings and loans crisis; United States Congress; voting behavior
  • Abstract

    For this data collection, interviews were conducted with voters in 42 states as they left their polling places on election day, November 6, 1990. Respondents were asked a series of questions about their vote choices in the senate, congressional, and gubernatorial races (as appropriate to their state), and the issues and factors that most influenced those votes. Additional topics covered include the sending of United States troops to the Persian Gulf, limits on the number of years a member of Congress can serve, the plan to reduce the federal budget deficit, approval ratings for George Bush and Congress, 1988 presidential vote, federal defense spending, the death penalty, the savings and loan crisis, the drug problem, and abortion. Demographic information collected includes sex, race, age, religion, education, political party identification, and family income.
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1990-11-06
  • Collection date: 1990-11-06
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
United States voters participating in the November 6, 1990, national election.
The election day surveys were conducted at polling places among a sample of voters immediately after they cast their votes. The precincts are a random subsample of those used for estimating election outcome. Sample precincts were selected with probability proportionate to the total vote cast in a recent past 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. The interviewer had no control over respondent selection.
Collection Mode
  • The data contain a weight variable that should be used in any analysis. Weighting for this survey was computed taking into account the probability of selection, a non-response adjustment, and a ratio estimate to the final vote totals. All weights were reduced by a constant so that the sum of the weights approximates the sample size. Respondents in this national file are the same as those contained in VOTER RESEARCH AND SURVEYS/CBS NEWS/NEW YORK TIMES GENERAL ELECTION EXIT POLL: REGIONAL FILES, 1990 (ICPSR 9603). The data contain blanks and alphabetic characters.

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This study is no longer distributed by ICPSR.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9602 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)

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

Voter Research and Surveys; CBS News; The New York Times (1992): Voter Research and Surveys/CBS News/New York Times General Election Exit Poll: National File, 1990. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.