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CBS News California Poll, October 1988 (ICPSR 9146)

Principal Investigator(s): CBS News


Respondents' opinions on various topics were elicited prior to the presidential and Senate elections in November of 1988 for this survey. Respondents were asked their opinions of the presidential and vice-presidential candidates, how they would vote if the election were held on the day of the survey, if they had ever thought of voting for the other party's candidate, how they would vote if they were only voting for president or vice-president, and how they would vote in the United States Senate election between Pete Wilson and Leo McCarthy. Respondents were asked about registration status, previous voting behavior, their attention to the campaign, Ronald Reagan's job performance, whether Dan Quayle was qualified to serve as president, if they had been contacted on behalf of either of the presidential candidates, and how they thought George Bush and Michael Dukakis would deal with national defense, California's environment, and crime. Other topics included economic development versus environmental protection, elimination of oil drilling off the California coast, California's economy, the death penalty, and the truthfulness of the candidates' political advertisements. Background information on individuals includes party affiliation, employment in defense industries, ethnicity, age, income, and education.

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Study Description


CBS News. CBS News California Poll, October 1988. ICPSR09146-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-04-03. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09146.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09146.v2

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Scope of Study

Time Period:   

  • 1988-10-10--1988-10-12

Date of Collection:   

  • 1988-10-10--1988-10-12

Universe:    Adults aged 18 and over in California.

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:

  • 2009-04-03 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.



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