National Election Pool General Election Exit Polls, 2008 (ICPSR 35058)

Principal Investigator(s): National Election Pool; Edison Media Research; Mitofsky International


Election data for 50 states and the District of Columbia were collected through interviews conducted with voters as they left their polling places on election day, November 4, 2008. 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 direction of the country, national security, terrorism, the war in Iraq, the state and future of the nation's economy, gay marriage, and the George W. Bush presidency. Demographic variables of national respondents cover age, race, gender, Hispanic descent, sexual orientation, age of children in household, marital status, political party, political orientation, employment status, education, religion, sexual orientation, and family income.

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Study Description

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    candidates, exit polls, national elections, Obama, Barack, voter preferences, voter turnout, voters, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2008

Data Collection Notes:

These data are not available from ICPSR. Users should consult the data owners directly for details on obtaining the data and documentation.