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ABC News Republican Convention Poll, August 1988 (ICPSR 9071)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News


This data collection focuses on the 1988 Republican National Convention. Questions put to respondents in Part 1 include which party the respondent trusted to do a better job over the next few years, if after eight years of Reagan the nation needed to go in a new direction or continue as it was, if the respondent had a favorable or unfavorable opinion of Michael Dukakis, George Bush, and Ronald Reagan, whether the respondent would vote for Bush or Dukakis if the election were held that day, who the respondent would like to see as Bush's running mate, whether the respondent would be more or less likely to vote for Bush if his running mate were female or very conservative or one of various named Republican figures. In addition, respondents were asked if they planned to watch any of the live television coverage of the convention, and if so, on which television network. Part 2 replicated many of the questions in Part 1, with respondents also being asked if they had a favorable or unfavorable impression of Dan Quayle, which party had the best chance of winning in November, if they had been following the convention very closely, if they approved or disapproved of what had been said and done at the convention, if they now were more or less likely to vote for Bush, and if Bush's choice of Dan Quayle as his running mate affected their likely vote in November. Part 3 duplicated several questions from the prior two surveys, additionally soliciting respondents' opinions on the qualifications of Quayle and Bentsen to be president, Quayle's service in the National Guard during the Vietnam War that prevented his being drafted into the Army, and charges that political influence was used to get Quayle into the Guard ahead of others on the waiting list. Background information on respondents includes political alignment, age, race, sex, and state/region of residence.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  August 14, 1988 - Download All Files (1.974 MB)
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DS2:  August 17, 1988 - Download All Files (1.981 MB)
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DS3:  August 18, 1988 - Download All Files (1.983 MB)
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Study Description


ABC News. ABC News Republican Convention Poll, August 1988. ICPSR09071-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-12-16. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09071.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09071.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Bentsen, Lloyd, Bush, George H.W., Dukakis, Michael, presidency, presidential candidates, presidential elections, public opinion, Quayle, Dan, Reagan, Ronald, Republican National Convention, vice-presidential candidates, voter preferences, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Universe:    Adults aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in the 48 contiguous United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The data contain blanks and alphabetic characters. A weight variable is included that must be used in any analysis.


Sample:    Random digit dialing.

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:

  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.


Original ICPSR Release:   1990-05-01

Version History:

  • 2008-12-16 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.
  • 2006-01-18 File CB9071.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.



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