Voter News Service General Election Exit Polls, 1996 (ICPSR 35172)

Principal Investigator(s): Voter News Service


For this data collection, interviews were conducted with voters in the 50 states and the District of Columbia as they left their polling places on Election Day, November 5th, 1996. Respondents were asked a series of questions about their vote choices in the Senate, congressional, and gubernatorial races (as appropriate to their state), and the issues and factors that most influenced those votes. Additional topics covered President Bill Clinton's land use policies, Clinton's role in Whitewater, environmental issues, immigration, abortion, Medicare, the budget deficit and taxes, same-sex marriage, tobacco industry, the death penalty, and approval ratings for Clinton, Newt Gingrich, and Congress. Demographic information was collected on sex, race, age, religion, education, political party identification, and family income.

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Study Description

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    abortion, capital punishment, Clinton, Bill, congressional elections, exit polls, immigration, national elections, presidential elections, voter preferences, voter turnout, voting behavior, voting precincts, Whitewater inquiry

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1996

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.