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CBS News/New York Times First Presidential Debate Panel Survey, September 1988

Version
v1
Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
Creator
  • CBS News
  • The New York Times
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • CBS News/New York Times Poll Series
Publication Date
1989-09-26
Language
English
Free Keywords
Bush, George H.W.; campaigns; Dukakis, Michael; federal government; foreign affairs; national defense; presidential candidates; presidential debates; presidential elections; public opinion; voter preferences; voting behavior
Description
  • Abstract

    This survey sought respondents' views before and after the first presidential debate on September 25, 1988. Before the debate, respondents were asked their opinions of the Republican and Democratic candidates for president and vice-president, how likely they were to vote in the presidential elections in November of 1988, how they would vote in the election, how they would vote if only voting for president or vice-president, and what they thought should be the most important issue in the election. Respondents were questioned about Dukakis's and Bush's competence and judgment, their abilities to deal with international crises, manage the federal government, handle the national defense. They also were asked if George Bush was hiding information about the Iran-Contra matter and if Dan Quayle was qualified to be president. In addition, respondents were asked whether they would watch the presidential debate, how much difference they expected the debate to make in their voting decision, and which candidate was the better debater. They were questioned about their previous voting behavior and about their attention to the presidential campaign. After the debate, respondents were recontacted and asked who won the debate, whether there was one thing the candidates did or said that impressed them the most, how the debate affected their opinions of the presidential candidates, whether they had a better idea of what the candidates stood for, whose positions they agreed with more, whether the candidates spent more time explaining or attacking during the debate, whether the candidates answered questions or avoided them, whether the journalists on the panel asked relevant questions, and how they would vote in the presidential election. Background information on individuals includes party affiliation, liberal to conservative identification, employment status, farm employment, marital status, age, income, religious preference, 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

    Datasets:

    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1988-09-21 / 1988-09-25
    Time period: 1988-09-21--1988-09-25
  • 1988-09-21 / 1988-09-25
    Collection date: 1988-09-21--1988-09-25
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Adults aged 18 and over in the United States.
Sampling
Stratified random digit dialing.
Collection Mode
  • This file contains weight variables that must be used in any analysis. The data contain blanks. Telephone exchanges and numbers have been recoded to '9's for reasons of confidentiality.

Note
2009-08-26 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.
Availability
Delivery
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 (help@icpsr.umich.edu).
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9143 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
Relations
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09143.v2
Publications
  • Forsythe, Robert, Nelson, Forrest, Neumann, George R., Wright, Jack. Anatomy of an experimental political stock market. American Economic Review.82, (5), 1142-1161.1992.
  • 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.
  • 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: 3 | Registration Date: 2015-06-30

CBS News; The New York Times (1989): CBS News/New York Times First Presidential Debate Panel Survey, September 1988. Version 1. CBS News/New York Times Poll Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09143.v1