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CBS News/New York Times Poll of Southern and Border States, February-March 1988

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • CBS News
  • The New York Times
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • CBS News/New York Times Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
Jackson, Jesse; military strength; national economy; political advertising; political issues; presidency; presidential candidates; presidential elections; primaries; public opinion; voter preferences; voting behavior
  • Abstract

    This survey was conducted in the 15 southern and border states prior to the Super Tuesday primaries on March 8. Respondents were asked if they were registered to vote and what their party primary preference was. If not registered, respondents were asked why and whether they would vote if some particular candidate were currently running. Democrats and Republicans were asked for their opinions of their party's candidates, which candidate(s) they could not vote for should they be nominated by their party, if they saw candidates' television commercials, for whom they intended to vote or whether it was too early to say, which candidate had the best chance of winning, and which candidate cared the most. Democrats were asked whether the candidacy of Jesse Jackson was helping their party. Registered voters gave their opinions about the condition of the national economy, United States military superiority over the Soviet Union, the situation in Central America, whether the federal government was helping blacks enough, and the federal budget deficit. Background information on individuals includes age, marital status, income, religious preference, children, employment status, farm employment, education, race, and union membership.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Created variable labels and/or value labels..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1988-02-28 / 1988-03-02
    Time period: 1988-02-28--1988-03-02
  • 1988-02-28 / 1988-03-02
    Collection date: 1988-02-28--1988-03-02
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Adults aged 18 and over in Texas, Florida, Arkansas Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Virginia, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
Stratified random digit dialing.
Collection Mode
  • The data contain blanks. This file contains a weight variable that must be used in any analysis. Telephone exchanges have been recoded to '999' for reasons of confidentiality.

2011-07-18 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 9103 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09103.v2
  • 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)
  • Hanke, Penelope Jean. Goals and the Gender Gap: A Study of High School Seniors' Aspirations as Lifestyle Choices. Dissertation, University of Arizona. 1987.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 3 | Registration Date: 2015-06-30

CBS News; The New York Times (1989): CBS News/New York Times Poll of Southern and Border States, February-March 1988. Version 1. CBS News/New York Times Poll Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.