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CBS News/New York Times New York City Mayoral Election Exit Poll, November 1989

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
Dinkins, David; Giuliani, Rudolph; Koch, Ed; mayoral candidates; mayors; public opinion; voter preferences; voting behavior
  • Abstract

    This data collection consists of responses to a survey of voters in the New York City mayoral election. Respondents were asked which mayoral candidate they voted for, how much they liked that candidate, when they decided on that candidate, which issues and factors most affected their vote, if TV ads influenced their vote, how reports of David Dinkins' personal financial affairs affected their vote, if campaign activities of various governmental leaders affected their vote, if race was a factor in voting, and if they had been recently contacted about voting. Respondents also evaluated Ed Koch's job performance, indicated if they would have voted for Koch had he been on the ballot, expressed opinions of each candidate, and speculated on the performance of David Dinkins and Rudolph Giuliani should one of them be elected. Other items include the city budget deficit, respondent's vote in the 1989 Democratic mayoral primary and in elections involving municipal offices and ballot proposals, and optimism/pessimism regarding the future of the city. Demographic information includes sex, race, age, party preference, political orientation, education, family income, ethnicity, 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
  • Time period: 1989-11-07
  • Collection date: 1989-11-07
Geographic Coverage
  • New York City
  • New York (state)
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Voters participating in the November 7, 1989 New York City mayoral election.
The election 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 by CBS News 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 New York City. Within precincts, respondents were selected on a systematic random basis.
Collection Mode
  • The data contain a weight variable that must be used in any analysis. The data contain blanks.

2011-05-02 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
  • 9493 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09493.v2
  • Carsey, Thomas M.. The contextual effects of race on white voter behavior: The 1989 New York City mayoral election. Journal of Politics.57, (1), 221-228.1995.
  • Thompson, J. Phillip. David Dinkins' Victory in New York City: The Decline of the Democratic Party Organization and the Strengthening of Black Politics. PS, Political Science and Politics.23, (2), 145-148.1990.
    • ID: (URL)

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

CBS News; The New York Times (1991): CBS News/New York Times New York City Mayoral Election Exit Poll, November 1989. Version 1. CBS News/New York Times Poll Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.