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ABC News Primary Election Exit Polls, 1985 (ICPSR 8595)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News


These data were collected at polling places in Detroit (Part 1) and New York City (Part 2) as voters exited the polls on Primary Election Day, 1985. In Detroit, topics included vote choices for mayor and city clerk, problems facing the city, the quality of life in Detroit, and Coleman Young's performance as mayor. Voters in New York City were asked how they voted in the mayoral, city council president, and comptroller races. In addition, they were asked to evaluate the quality of life in New York, problems facing the city, and Edward Koch's performance as mayor. Demographic information recorded for all respondents in this collection include sex, age, education, race, income, union membership, and political orientation.

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Detroit - Download All Files (0.591 MB)
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DS2:  New York City - Download All Files (0.723 MB)
ASCII + SAS Setup    SPSS Setup    Stata Setup   

Study Description


ABC News. ABC NEWS PRIMARY ELECTION EXIT POLLS, 1985. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1985. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-03-19. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08595.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08595.v1

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Scope of Study

Time Period:   

  • 1985-09

Date of Collection:   

  • 1985-09

Universe:    Voters in the Detroit and New York City primary elections in September 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:

  • 2007-03-19 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.
  • 2006-01-18 File CB8595.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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