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ABC News General Election Exit Polls, 1985 (ICPSR 8588)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News


These data were collected at polling places in Detroit (Part 1) and New Jersey (Part 2) as voters exited the polls on Election Day, 1985. In Detroit, questions included vote choices for mayor, city clerk, city council, and Proposal "S" relating to school millage. Voters' opinions were sought on various public officials, casino gambling, juvenile crime, and the quality of life in Detroit. Voters in New Jersey were asked how they voted in the governor and state assembly races. In addition, they were asked to evaluate the quality of life in New Jersey and to compare the gubernatorial candidates. Demographic information recorded for all respondents in this collection include sex, age, education, race, income, union membership, and political orientation.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Detroit - Download All Files (0.648 MB)
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DS2:  New Jersey - Download All Files (0.679 MB)
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Study Description


ABC News. ABC NEWS GENERAL ELECTION EXIT POLLS, 1985. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1985. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-05-04. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08588.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08588.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    casinos, elections, exit polls, gubernatorial elections, juvenile crime, public fiugres, public opinion, quality of life, voter preferences, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:    Detroit, Michigan, New Jersey, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1985-11-05

Date of Collection:   

  • 1985-11-05

Universe:    Voters in the city of Detroit and state of New Jersey general elections on November 5, 1985.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The data contain blanks.


Sample:    Polling places were chosen by random selection.

Data Source:

self-enumerated forms


Original ICPSR Release:   1989-03-03

Version History:

  • 2007-05-04 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.
  • 2006-01-18 File CB8588.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.



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