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New York Times Democratic Convention Delegate Survey, 1988 (ICPSR 9217)

Principal Investigator(s): The New York Times


Conducted shortly before the National Democratic Convention of 1988, this survey examines attitudes of the delegates to the convention on a variety of national issues. Major areas of investigation include delegates' views on federal spending issues, taxes, government attention to various social groups and government responsibilities, the role of Jesse Jackson, candidate Dukakis's choice of running mate, the death penalty, and United States/Soviet relations. Profiles of the delegates include their participation in Democratic party affairs, elective offices they have held or currently hold, 1984 presidential preference, household financial situation, age, religion, labor union membership, marital status, occupation, education, race, and income.

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Study Description


The New York Times. New York Times Democratic Convention Delegate Survey, 1988 . ICPSR09217-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-12-11. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09217.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09217.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    capital punishment, delegates, Democratic National Convention, Democratic Party (USA), Dukakis, Michael, Jackson, Jesse, government spending, political issues, social issues, taxes

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1988-06-20--1988-07-12

Date of Collection:   

  • 1988-06-20--1988-07-12

Universe:    All delegates to the 1988 Democratic National Convention.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

A weight variable is included that must be used in any analysis.


Sample:    Random sample of all delegates within two strata: super delegates and regular delegates.

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:   1990-03-02

Version History:

  • 2008-12-11 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.

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