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CBS News/New York Times General Election Exit Poll: National File, 1988 (ICPSR 9138)

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


This survey is part of an ongoing data collection effort by CBS News and The New York Times. Interviews were conducted with voters as they left the polls on election day, November 8, 1988. Respondents were asked about their vote choices in the presidential, senate, and gubernatorial races, the issues and factors that most influenced those votes, and whether they felt George Bush and Michael Dukakis spent more time explaining their stands on the issues or attacking each other. Other 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.

Series: CBS News/New York Times Poll Series

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Study Description


CBS News/The New York Times. CBS NEWS/NEW YORK TIMES GENERAL ELECTION EXIT POLL: NATIONAL FILE, 1988. New York, NY: CBS News [producer], 1988. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1989. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09138.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09138.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Bush, George H.W., candidates, congressional elections, Dukakis, Michael, economic conditions, exit polls, gubernatorial elections, national elections, political issues, political parties, presidential elections, public opinion, voter attitudes, voter preferences

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 Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

This dataset 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


Original ICPSR Release:   1989-08-02

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