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CBS News Post Republican Convention Poll, August 1988

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • CBS News
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • CBS News/New York Times Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
Bentsen, Lloyd; Bush, George H.W.; Dukakis, Michael; political issues; presidency; presidential candidates; presidential elections; presidential performance; public opinion; Quayle, Dan; Reagan, Ronald; voter preferences; voting behavior
  • Abstract

    Questions in this survey probed for respondents' opinions of the presidential and vice-presidential candidates after the Republican National Convention in August of 1988. Respondents were asked their opinions of George Bush, Michael Dukakis, Dan Quayle, and Lloyd Bentsen. They also were asked how likely they were to vote in the presidential election in November of 1988, how they would vote if the election were held on the day of the survey, whether they would vote that way because they strongly favored their candidates or disliked the other candidates, and who they thought would win the November elections. Respondents also were queried about their previous voting behavior, how much attention they paid to the Republican National Convention and to the Presidential campaign, and Ronald Reagan's job performance. Respondents were asked about Dukakis' and Bush's leadership abilities, their sensitivity to the feelings of minorities, and about how they would handle taxes and international crises. Respondents rated George Bush's handling of the selection of his running mate, and gave their opinions about Dan Quayle's motives and methods when he joined the National Guard during the Vietnam War. Background information on individuals includes party affiliation, age, income, religious preference, armed forces service, labor union membership, ethnicity, and education.
  • 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
  • 1988-08-19 / 1988-08-21
    Time period: 1988-08-19--1988-08-21
  • 1988-08-19 / 1988-08-21
    Collection date: 1988-08-19--1988-08-21
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Adults aged 18 and over in the United States.
Stratified random digit dialing.
Collection Mode
  • This file contains weight variables that must be used in any analysis. The data contain blanks. Telephone exchanges have been recoded to '999' for reasons of confidentiality.

2009-08-13 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.
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
  • 9109 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09109.v2
  • Shelley, Mack C. II, Hwang, Hwarng-du. The mass media and public opinion polls in the 1988 presidential election: Trends, accuracy, consistency, and events. American Politics Research.19, (1), 59-79.1991.

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

CBS News (1989): CBS News Post Republican Convention Poll, August 1988. Version 1. CBS News/New York Times Poll Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.