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CBS News National and Local Surveys, 1984 (ICPSR 8410)

Principal Investigator(s): CBS News


These data were collected in the early part of the primary election season of 1984. Part 1, the February 5th survey, contains items concerning America's role in Lebanon, attention paid to the campaign, evaluations of Reagan and Mondale, likeability of the candidates running for the Democratic nomination, and demographic characteristics of respondents. In part 2, February 12th, respondents were asked about the primary and caucus system for nominating candidates, United States policy toward the Soviet Union, evaluations of the candidates' ability to deal with the Soviet Union, and demographic information. Part 3, the March survey, asked registered respondents to evaluate the candidates, and to give opinions on Kennedy, Carter and Humphrey. Respondents who were registered and indicated they would vote in the Democratic primaries were asked for more detailed evaluations of the candidates running for nomination, focusing particular attention on Mondale and Hart. This subgroup was also asked about different organizations that affect politics. All respondents were asked items on Reagan's job performance, whether Reagan would win in 1984 and whether they would vote Democratic in November. Demographic information was also collected. In the last part of this collection, the April survey, respondents were asked about their telephone service, costs and usage. In addition, items were asked concerning Ed Meese's nomination for Attorney General, whether the Reagan administration is free from scandal, and opinions concerning the nomination process for the Presidential election in November. Demographic information is also included.

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DS1:  February 5, 1984 - Download All Files (0.186 MB)
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DS3:  March 5, 1984 - Download All Files (0.506 MB)
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Study Description


CBS News. CBS News National and Local Surveys, 1984. ICPSR08410-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1985. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08410.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08410.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    candidates, demographic characteristics, diplomacy, domestic policy, elections, foreign affairs, foreign policy, international relations, political attitudes, political issues, presidential elections, primaries, public opinion, Reagan, Ronald, telephones, trust in government, voting behavior, world politics

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1984-02--1984-04

Date of Collection:   

  • 1984-02--1984-04

Universe:    Eligible voters 18 years old or older.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Each dataset has a weight variable that must be used in all analyses.


Sample:    Stratified random digit dialing.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1985-10-09

Version History:

  • 1992-02-16 Standard machine-readable documentation prepared and data processed to meet Class I specifications.

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