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CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll, January 1988 (ICPSR 9098)

Principal Investigator(s): CBS News; The New York Times


This data collection is part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that evaluates the Reagan presidency and solicits opinions on a variety of political and social issues. Topics covered include the national economy, nuclear arms treaties between the United States and the Soviet Union, spending on space exploration, the shuttle program, federal spending on the military and defense programs, aid to the contras in Nicaragua, and whether certain aspects of a politician's personal life such as a serious medical condition or cheating on income taxes should be public knowledge. In addition, respondents were queried about their views on the candidates for the 1988 presidential election. Respondents were asked whether they had a favorable or unfavorable opinion of the various candidates, whom their party should nominate for president, whether the Republicans or the Democrats had a better group of candidates, and which candidate cared most about the needs of people like the respondent. Respondents who supported Gary Hart for the Democratic presidential nomination were telephoned again and asked an additional series of questions to determine whether disclosures by the media regarding improprieties in Hart's financing of his 1984 presidential campaign had changed their minds at all. Background information on individuals includes party affiliation, age, marital status, income, sex, religious preference, education, and race.

Series: CBS News/New York Times Poll Series

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Study Description


CBS News, and The New York Times. CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll, January 1988 . ICPSR09098-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-01-07. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09098.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09098.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    arms control negotiations, defense spending, Democratic Party (USA), financial disclosure, government spending, Hart, Gary, income tax, medical conditions, military expenditures, national economy, Nicaragua, nuclear weapons, politicians, presidency, presidential candidates, presidential elections, presidential performance, public information, public opinion, Reagan, Ronald, Republican Party (USA), Soviet Union, space exploration, space shuttle

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Universe:    Adults aged 18 and over in the United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

This file contains a weight variable that must be used in any analysis. The data contain blanks, ampersands (&), and dashes (-). Telephone exchanges have been recoded to '999' for reasons of confidentiality.


Sample:    Stratified 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:

  • 2011-01-07 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.

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