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Voter News Service General Election Exit Polls, 1998 (ICPSR 2780)

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Summary:

These data were collected through interviews conducted with voters in 42 states as they left their polling places on Election Day, November 2, 1998. Part 1, National Data, contains data collected from a national sample. National sample respondents were asked a series of questions about their electoral choices, the issues surrounding the elections, and the factors that influenced their decisions. Questions focused on the scandal involving President Bill Clinton and former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, the fate of Clinton's term, the state and future of the nation's economy, the direction of the country, and the upcoming 2000 presidential election. Background information on national respondents includes age, race, sex, Hispanic descent, age of children in household, marital status, political party, political orientation, employment status, education, religion, and family income. Parts 2-43 contain data collected from the individual state surveys. Interviews were conducted in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. In addition, telephone surveys of absentee/early voters were conducted in California, Oregon, and Washington. Respondents were asked for their opinions on Clinton and the United States Congress, as well as for their vote choices in the relevant gubernatorial, senatorial, and congressional elections. Those queried were also asked whether they supported state-specific proposals, such as a state lottery to fund education in Alabama, legalized physician-assisted suicide in Michigan, and legalized use of marijuana for medical purposes in Nevada. Background information on individual state respondents includes age, race, sex, education, political party, political orientation, and family income.

Access Notes

  • This data collection has been deaccessioned; it is no longer distributed by ICPSR. These data are currently available at Voter News Service General Election Exit Polls, 1998. Additional information may be available in Data Collection Notes.

    A weight variable should be applied in all analyses. Further information on weighting may be found within the methodology section of the codebook.
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Study Description

Citation

Voter News Service. Voter News Service General Election Exit Polls, 1998. ICPSR02780-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2004. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02780.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   candidates, Clinton Administration (1993-2001), Clinton, Bill, congressional elections, election forecasting, exit polls, gubernatorial elections, Hispanic or Latino origins, Lewinsky scandal, national elections, presidential elections, referendum, voter preferences, voter turnout, voters, voting behavior, voting precincts

Geographic Coverage:   Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York (state), North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, United States, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Time Period:  

  • 1998

Date of Collection:  

  • 1998-11-02

Universe:   Voters casting a ballot in the 1998 United States general election.

Data Types:   event/transaction data, survey data

Data Collection Notes:

A weight variable should be applied in all analyses. Further information on weighting may be found within the methodology section of the codebook.

Methodology

Sample:   Two kinds of samples were used, including a national sample of voters casting a ballot in the 1998 general election. State-level data were culled from statewide samples of the same universe.

Data Source:

personal interviews and telephone interviews

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Version History:

  • 2005-12-15 On 2005-08-15 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-12-15 to reflect these additions.
  • 2004-11-05 Corrections have been made to the SAS and SPSS setup files.
  • 2001-10-01 The record lengths for the following SPSS data definition statement files have been corrected: Part 25 (New Hampshire), Part 29 (North Dakota), Part 30 (Ohio), Part 32 (Oregon), Part 33 (Pennsylvania), Part 34 (Rhode Island), Part 35 (South Carolina), Part 36 (South Dakota), Part 37 (Tennessee), Part 39 (Utah), Part 40 (Vermont), Part 41 (Washington), Part 42 (Wisconsin), and Part 43 (Wyoming).
  • 2001-05-18 This collection has undergone routine ICPSR processing, and SAS and SPSS setup files are now included in this collection.