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Principal Investigator(s): CBS News; The New York Times
This survey sought respondents' opinions before and after the second presidential debate on October 13, 1989. Before the debate, respondents were asked their opinions of the Democratic and Republican presidential and vice-presidential candidates, how likely they were to vote in the 1988 presidential election, how they would vote, their choice if they were only voting for president or for vice-president, whether they thought candidates understood the problems that confront a president, and which party would better protect the environment, insure a strong economy, keep the country out of war, and provide all Americans with a chance for a good life. Respondents were also asked which candidate did better in the vice-presidential debate, how much they would worry if Quayle had to succeed Bush as president, and how they would vote in the election for United States House of Representatives in their district. Respondents' opinions were elicited on topics such as government size, the federal budget deficit, government child care, abortion, employer-provided health insurance, federal defense spending, arms control, the death penalty, gun control, and whether the government should negotiate with terrorists. Other questions covered respondents' previous voting behavior, the presidential campaign, President Reagan's performance, and John F. Kennedy's assassination. After the debate, respondents were recontacted and asked to evaluate both candidates' performance. Background information on individuals includes party affiliation, armed forces membership, gun ownership, age, marital status, income, religious preference, and employment status including farm employment, education, race, and union membership.
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CBS News, and The New York Times. CBS News/New York Times Second Presidential Debate Panel Survey, October 1988. ICPSR09147-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-10-26. doi:10.3886/ICPSR09147
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09147.v2
Scope of Study
Subject Terms: Bush, George H.W., political issues, presidency, presidential candidates, presidential debates, presidential elections, presidential performance, public opinion, Quayle, Dan, Reagan, Ronald, 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 a weight variable that must be used in any analysis. The data contain blanks. Telephone exchanges and numbers have been recoded to '9's 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
- 2011-10-26 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.
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59, Do you or does any other member of your household own a handgun, rifle, shotgun, or any other kind of firearm?
16. As far as you are concerned, what should be the single most important issue in this election?
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