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New York Times Survey, December 1985 (ICPSR 8690)

Principal Investigator(s): The New York Times


The major political parties are the focus of this survey. Respondents were asked to evaluate whether the Democratic or Republican party would do a better job of handling inflation, unemployment, foreign trade problems, the federal budget deficit, and new problems that may arise in the future, and whether either party would be more likely to keep the United States out of war and keep defenses strong. Respondents also were asked to identify which party has more money, is more organized, and cares more about the needs of big business, women, labor unions, farmers, and blacks. In addition, respondents were asked who they considered to be the important leaders of each party and if there were any groups within each party that concerned them. Other items include the respondent's party identification and voting history, Ronald Reagan's performance as President, big corporations, government corruption, the United States Supreme Court, and abortion. Demographic characteristics also are included.

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Study Description


The New York Times. NEW YORK TIMES SURVEY, DECEMBER 1985. 2nd ICPSR ed. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [producer and distributor], 1988. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08690.v2

Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08690.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    abortion, corruption, governmental elites, issues, political attitudes and behavior, political elites, political issues, political party evaluation, state politics, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1985-12-14--1985-12-18

Date of Collection:   

  • 1985-12-14--1985-12-18

Universe:    Eligible voters 18 years or older.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

This dataset has a weight variable that must be used in all analyses.


Sample:    Stratified random digit dialing.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1987-10-12


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