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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. ICPSR08690-v3. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2017-03-27. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08690.v3

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08690.v3

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    abortion, government corruption, issues, political attitudes, political elites, political issues, political parties, presidential performance, public opinion, state politics, voter attitudes, voting behavior

Smallest Geographic Unit:    state

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1985-12-14--1985-12-18

Date of Collection:   

  • 1985-12-14--1985-12-18

Unit of Observation:    individual

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.

Time Method:    Cross-sectional

Weight:    The data are not weighted, however there is one weight variable, V7 (WEIGHT), that users may wish to apply during analysis.

Mode of Data Collection:    telephone interview

Data Source:

telephone interviews

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:

  • Standardized missing values.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1987-10-12

Version History:

  • 2017-03-27 The SPSS setup files were updated to conform to current standards. SAS and Stata setup files, as well as SPSS and Stata system files, a SAS transport (CPORT) file, an R data file, a tab-delimited data file, and a PDF codebook have been added to the collection.



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