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The New York Times Mexico Survey, 1986 (ICPSR 8666)

Principal Investigator(s): The New York Times


The New York Times conducted interviews with residents of Mexico to measure public opinion in that country on current social, economic, and political issues. Respondents were asked to comment on the state of the Mexican national economy, their personal political beliefs and party identification, views on the performance of the Mexican government, feelings toward the use of illegal drugs, religious practices, employment status and job description, educational attainments, income, and family composition. They also listed both the positive and negative aspects of life in the United States, compared them with life in Mexico, and gave their opinions on both the American government and the American people. Their attitudes toward the United States were judged in comparison with those for Spain, Cuba, Japan, the Soviet Union, France, and Columbia. They were also questioned about their feelings toward the Sandinista government in Nicaragua.

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Study Description


The New York Times. The New York Times Mexico Survey, 1986. ICPSR08666-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1987. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08666.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08666.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    drug use, economic conditions, families, government expenditures, government performance, income, international relations, national economy, political affiliation, political participation, public opinion, quality of life, religious beliefs

Geographic Coverage:    Global, Mexico

Time Period:   

  • 1986-10-28--1986-11-04

Date of Collection:   

  • 1986-10-28--1986-11-04

Universe:    Adult population of Mexico.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The variable, WEIGHT, applies to the national probability sample of 1,576 individuals living in communities with a population in excess of 2,499 but should not be applied for analysis of the 299 respondents living in smaller towns (individuals coded 1 in CITYSIZE, 36 in CITY, and 2 in FILTER). Hard-copy materials include a variable description list and questionnaire written in English and a list of codes and questionnaire written in Spanish. Only the variable description list contains the correct variable locations for this dataset. Column locations described in the Spanish language materials are not applicable.


Sample:    National probability sample of 1,576 individuals living in communities greater than 2,499 inhabitants and a smaller, representative sample of 299 individuals living in communities with 1,000 to 2,499 inhabitants.

Data Source:

personal interviews, and self-enumerated forms


Original ICPSR Release:   1987-10-12

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