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ABC News/Washington Post Exit Poll, 1986 (ICPSR 8641)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News; The Washington Post


This survey was conducted with voters participating in the November 4, 1986 general election. Polling sites in the 48 continental United States were used. Voters were asked to fill out questionnaires as they exited the polling places. Questions included vote choices, evaluation of the way Reagan was handling his job as president, assessment of the state of the economy, and vote choices for the 1984 presidential election. Demographic questions included income, religion, age, education, sex, race, ethnic background, and political affiliation.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News, and The Washington Post. ABC News/Washington Post Exit Poll, 1986 . ICPSR08641-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2010-11-23. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08641.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08641.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    candidates, economic conditions, exit polls, national elections, political campaigns, presidential elections, presidential performance, Reagan, Ronald, voter preferences, voters, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1986-11-04

Date of Collection:   

  • 1986-11-04

Universe:    Voters in the November 4, 1986 national election.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The data contain blanks.


Sample:    Polling sites were chosen by random selection.

Data Source:

self-enumerated forms

Extent of Processing:   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.


Original ICPSR Release:   1988-01-06

Version History:

  • 2010-11-23 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.

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