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Principal Investigator(s): CBS News; The New York Times
This survey sought respondents' views before the first presidential debate on September 25, 1988. Respondents were asked their opinions of the Republican and Democratic candidates for president and vice-president, how likely they were to vote in the presidential elections in November of 1988, how they would vote in the election, how they would vote if only voting for president or vice-president, and what they thought should be the most important issue in the election. Respondents were questioned about Dukakis's and Bush's competence and judgment, their abilities to deal with international crisis, manage the federal government, and handle the national defense. They also were asked if George Bush was hiding information about the Iran-Contra matter and if Dan Quayle was qualified to be president. In addition, respondents were asked whether they would watch the presidential debate, how much difference they expected the debate to make in their voting decision, and which candidate was the better debater. They were questioned about their previous voting behavior and about their attention to the presidential campaign. Background information on individuals includes party affiliation, liberal to conservative identification, employment status, farm employment, marital status, age, income, religious preference, labor union membership, ethnicity, and education.
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CBS News, and The New York Times. CBS News/New York Times Pre-Presidential Debate Poll, September 1988. ICPSR09145-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-06-14. doi:10.3886/ICPSR09145.v2
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09145.v2
Scope of Study
Subject Terms: Bush, George H.W., Dukakis, Michael, political issues, presidency, presidential candidates, presidential debates, presidential elections, public opinion, Quayle, Dan, vice-presidential candidates, voter preferences, voting behavior
Geographic Coverage: United States
Date of Collection:
Universe: Adults aged 18 and over in the United States.
Data Types: 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.
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
- 2011-06-14 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.
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