CBS News/New York Times Primary Election Exit Polls, 1988 (ICPSR 9140)

Published: Jan 12, 2006

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CBS News; The New York Times

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For this data collection voters in Democratic and Republican primaries (Parts 9-14, Democratic only) were surveyed as they left their polling places. Respondents were asked which presidential candidate they voted for, the issues and qualities of the candidates that most affected their vote, when they decided the candidate they would vote for, and if someone from their candidate's organization had solicited their vote. Additional items varied by state questionnaire and included respondents' prior participation in primaries, presidential vote choice in 1984, opinions of various candidates and possible party tickets, and approval/disapproval of the Reagan presidency. Demographic information collected includes sex, race, age, religion, education, political party identification, and family income.

CBS News, and The New York Times. CBS News/New York Times Primary Election Exit Polls, 1988 . Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-01-12.

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1988-02 -- 1988-06

1988-02 -- 1988-06

Each part of this study has a weight variable that must be used in any analysis. The data contain blanks and alphabetic characters.

The sampling frame consisted of all precincts in a state, stratified by party vote and geography. Within precincts, respondents were selected on a systematic random basis.

United States voters in 11 states participating in primary elections between February and June, 1988.

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