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Voter Research and Surveys General Election Exit Poll: State Files, 1990

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Voter Research and Surveys
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
abortion; Bush Administration (1989-1993); Bush, George H.W.; congressional elections; elections; exit polls; gubernatorial elections; issues; presidential elections; presidential performance; public approval; public opinion; voter preferences; 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. Respondents were also asked if they approved of the way George Bush was handling his job as president, how they voted in the 1988 presidential election, and what their views on abortion were. Questions regarding the various referenda and propositions on the ballot and other issues specific to the respondent's state also were asked. 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
  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York (state)
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Vermont
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming
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
  • Each data file contains a weight variable that should be used in any analysis. Weighting for these surveys 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. The collection contains respondents from state exit poll samples, augmented with respondents from a national sample, VOTER RESEARCH AND SURVEYS/CBS NEWS/NEW YORK TIMES GENERAL ELECTION EXIT POLL: NATIONAL FILE, 1990 (ICPSR 9602). The data contain blanks and alphabetic characters.

2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 43 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
Not available
This study is no longer distributed by ICPSR.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9604 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)

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

Voter Research and Surveys (1992): Voter Research and Surveys General Election Exit Poll: State Files, 1990. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.