American National Election Study, 1988: The Presidential Nomination Process [Super Tuesday] (ICPSR 9093)

Published: Oct 7, 1999

Principal Investigator(s):
Warren E. Miller; National Election Studies


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This study is part of a time-series collection of national surveys fielded continuously since 1952. The election studies are designed to present data on Americans' social backgrounds, enduring political predispositions, social and political values, perceptions and evaluations of groups and candidates, opinions on questions of public policy, and participation in political life. This study of the presidential nomination process in the United States focuses on the Super Tuesday primary elections held in 16 states on March 8, 1988. The pre-election wave for this data collection was in the field between January 17 and March 8, 1988. Questions include candidate recognition and evaluations, feeling thermometers and traits, assessment of each candidate's chances of winning his/her party's nomination and the November general election, attitudes on public issues, vote intention and choice, and respondent's age, race, education, occupation, labor union membership, income, and religious affiliation. Immediately following Super Tuesday, brief reinterviews were conducted that contained recognition and feeling thermometers on all candidates and traits of selected candidates. A full range of voting questions also was asked, including whether the respondent voted, in which primary and for which candidate, whom the respondent preferred to see each party nominate for president, and whom the respondent most wanted to see elected as president.

Miller, Warren E., and National Election Studies. American National Election Study, 1988: The Presidential Nomination Process [Super Tuesday]. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1999-10-07.

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National Science Foundation (SES-8341310)


1988-01 -- 1988-03

Two-stage random-digit dialing.

Telephone households in the 16 states that held presidential primary elections on March 8, 1988.

survey data

telephone interview



1999-10-07 The data are now available in SAS transport and SPSS export formats in addition to the ASCII data files, and SAS and SPSS data definition statements have been supplied for the collection. Variables in the dataset have been renumbered to the following format: 2-digit (or 2-character) prefix + 4 digits + [optional] 1-character suffix. The codebook has been revised accordingly. In addition, the codebook is now available in machine-readable ASCII text format, and the data collection instrument is now available as a PDF file.


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