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CBS News/New York Times Poll, October 21-24, 1988 (ICPSR 9151)

Principal Investigator(s): CBS News; The New York Times


In this survey respondents were asked about their previous voting behavior and about their opinions of the Democratic and Republican presidential and vice-presidential candidates. They also were asked how likely they were to vote in the 1988 presidential election, how they would vote if the election were held the day of the survey, if their minds were made up, how strongly they favored the candidates they chose, and who they thought would win the election. Other topics included whether respondents thought issues or personal characteristics were more important in choosing a president, what their thoughts were on the campaign process and the candidates' commercials, how often respondents watched television or read the newspaper, and how they thought candidates would handle crime, appointment of judges, the economy, the deficit, defense, the environment, keeping the United States out of war, and helping the middle class. In addition, respondents' opinions were sought on the death penalty, how well Ronald Reagan did his job, how much Dukakis or Bush would help Blacks, and how they would vote if other candidates were running against Bush or Dukakis.

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Study Description


CBS News, and The New York Times. CBS News/New York Times Poll, October 21-24, 1988. ICPSR09151-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-01-13. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09151.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09151.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Bush, George H.W., Dukakis, Michael, political advertising, political campaigns, political issues, presidency, presidential candidates, presidential elections, presidential performance, public opinion, Reagan, Ronald, voter preferences, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1988-10-21--1988-10-24

Date of Collection:   

  • 1988-10-21--1988-10-24

Universe:    Adults aged 18 and over in the United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

This file contains a weight variable that must be used in any analysis. The data contain blanks and alphabetics, and telephone exchanges have been recoded to '999' for reasons of confidentiality.


Sample:    Stratified random digit dialing.

Data Source:

telephone interviews

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.


Original ICPSR Release:   1989-09-26

Version History:

  • 2011-01-13 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.

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