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CBS News General Election Exit Poll: State Files, 1988 (ICPSR 9136)

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This survey is part of an ongoing data collection effort by CBS News. Interviews were conducted with voters in 24 states as they left their polling places on election day, November 8, 1988. Respondents were asked a series of questions about their vote choices in the presidential, senate, and gubernatorial races, the issues and factors that most influenced those votes, and whether their vote for president was influenced by Reagan's policies. Questions regarding the various referenda and propositions on the ballot and other issues specific to the respondent's state also were asked. Additional items included respondents' opinions on the condition of the United States economy, their presidential vote choice in 1984, when they made their presidential choice in the current election, and the strength of that choice. Demographic information collected includes sex, race, age, employment status, religion, education, political party identification, and family income.

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DS2:  Connecticut - Download All Files (3 MB)
DS3:  Florida - Download All Files (3.1 MB)
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DS5:  Indiana - Download All Files (3 MB)
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DS12:  Missouri - Download All Files (3 MB)
DS13:  Nevada - Download All Files (3 MB)
DS14:  New Jersey - Download All Files (3 MB)
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DS24:  Wisconsin - Download All Files (3 MB)

Study Description


CBS News. CBS News General Election Exit Poll: State Files, 1988. ICPSR09136-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-05-12. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09136.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   candidates, congressional elections, economic conditions, elections, gubernatorial elections, political affiliation, political issues, political parties, presidential performance, public opinion, Reagan, Ronald, senatorial elections

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1988-11-08

Date of Collection:  

  • 1988-11-08

Universe:   United States voters participating in the November 8, 1988 national election.

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Each part has a weight variable that must be used in any analysis. The data contain blanks and alphabetic characters.


Sample:   The sampling frame consisted of all precincts in a state, stratified by party vote and geography. Within precincts, respondents were selected on a systematic random basis.

Data Source:

self-enumerated forms


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Version History:

  • 2008-05-12 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.
  • 2006-01-18 File CB9136.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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