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Voter Research and Surveys General Election Exit Polls, 1992 (ICPSR 6102) RSS

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Summary:

For this data collection, voters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia were interviewed as they left their polling places after voting in the 1992 presidential election. Respondents were asked a series of questions covering their presidential choices for 1992 and 1988, their opinions of the most important issues and candidate qualities, feelings about the government, level of commitment to the candidate for whom they voted, political spectrum self-identification, and family financial situation. Other topics covered in individual states included opinions of candidates and approval ratings, party platforms, current news topics such as urban unrest and the state of the economy, and "hot-button" topics unique to each state such as sexual orientation, religious identification, employment issues, law enforcement issues, environmental positions, abortion limitations, and term of office limitations. Demographic information collected includes sex, race, age, marital status, region of birth, family income range, religion, education, and party identification. In some instances a state geographic code was supplied. In addition to the state surveys, a national survey was also conducted. This survey focused on important issues in the campaign and candidate qualities.

Access Notes

  • This data collection has been deaccessioned; it is no longer distributed by ICPSR. These data are currently available at Voter Research and Surveys General Election Exit Polls, 1992. Additional information may be available in Data Collection Notes.

    In the state of California, two different state polls were utilized and data were later combined into one file. Participants in the national survey were administered one of four versions of the national questionnaire. Data were then combined into one file, Part 52. This data collection was released in June 1993 via the ICPSR Hotline. Errors in the data were subsequently discovered and corrected. Users who received this collection prior to August 13 should reorder the 2nd release of the data, which is described here.

Study Description

Citation

Voter Research and Surveys. Voter Research and Surveys General Election Exit Polls, 1992. ICPSR06102-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-05-13. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06102.v2

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Funding

This study was funded by:

  • ABC News
  • CBS News
  • NBC News
  • CNN

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   abortion, candidates, economic conditions, employment, environmental attitudes, exit polls, law enforcement, political affiliation, presidential elections, religious affiliation, sexual preference, urban decline, voter attitudes, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1992-11

Date of Collection:  

  • 1992-11

Universe:   Voters in the 1992 presidential election in the United States and the District of Columbia.

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

In the state of California, two different state polls were utilized and data were later combined into one file. Participants in the national survey were administered one of four versions of the national questionnaire. Data were then combined into one file, Part 52. This data collection was released in June 1993 via the ICPSR Hotline. Errors in the data were subsequently discovered and corrected. Users who received this collection prior to August 13 should reorder the 2nd release of the data, which is described here.

Methodology

Sample:   The election day surveys were conducted at polling places among a sample of voters immediately after they cast their votes. The precincts were a random subsample of those used 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 a state, stratified by party vote and geography. Within precincts, respondents were selected on a systematic random basis. The interviewer had no control over respondent selection. A subsample of these precincts were selected to be part of the national sample.

Data Source:

personal interviews

Version(s)

Original ICPSR Release:  

Version History:

  • 2008-05-13 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.
  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 53 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

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