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CBS News Post Republican Convention Poll, August 1988 (ICPSR 9109)

Principal Investigator(s): CBS News


Questions in this survey probed for respondents' opinions of the presidential and vice-presidential candidates after the Republican National Convention in August of 1988. Respondents were asked their opinions of George Bush, Michael Dukakis, Dan Quayle, and Lloyd Bentsen. They also were asked how likely they were to vote in the presidential election in November of 1988, how they would vote if the election were held on the day of the survey, whether they would vote that way because they strongly favored their candidates or disliked the other candidates, and who they thought would win the November elections. Respondents also were queried about their previous voting behavior, how much attention they paid to the Republican National Convention and to the Presidential campaign, and Ronald Reagan's job performance. Respondents were asked about Dukakis' and Bush's leadership abilities, their sensitivity to the feelings of minorities, and about how they would handle taxes and international crises. Respondents rated George Bush's handling of the selection of his running mate, and gave their opinions about Dan Quayle's motives and methods when he joined the National Guard during the Vietnam War. Background information on individuals includes party affiliation, age, income, religious preference, armed forces service, labor union membership, ethnicity, and education.

Series: CBS News/New York Times Poll Series

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Study Description


CBS News. CBS News Post Republican Convention Poll, August 1988 . ICPSR09109-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-08-13. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09109.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09109.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Bentsen, Lloyd, Bush, George H.W., Dukakis, Michael, political issues, presidency, presidential candidates, presidential elections, presidential performance, public opinion, Quayle, Dan, Reagan, Ronald, voter preferences, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1988-08-19--1988-08-21

Date of Collection:   

  • 1988-08-19--1988-08-21

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

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

This file contains weight variables that must be used in any analysis. The data contain blanks. 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:   1989-09-26

Version History:

  • 2009-08-13 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.

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