CBS News/New York Times New York City Mayoral Election Exit Poll, November 1989 (ICPSR 9493)

Published: May 2, 2011

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


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This data collection consists of responses to a survey of voters in the New York City mayoral election. Respondents were asked which mayoral candidate they voted for, how much they liked that candidate, when they decided on that candidate, which issues and factors most affected their vote, if TV ads influenced their vote, how reports of David Dinkins' personal financial affairs affected their vote, if campaign activities of various governmental leaders affected their vote, if race was a factor in voting, and if they had been recently contacted about voting. Respondents also evaluated Ed Koch's job performance, indicated if they would have voted for Koch had he been on the ballot, expressed opinions of each candidate, and speculated on the performance of David Dinkins and Rudolph Giuliani should one of them be elected. Other items include the city budget deficit, respondent's vote in the 1989 Democratic mayoral primary and in elections involving municipal offices and ballot proposals, and optimism/pessimism regarding the future of the city. Demographic information includes sex, race, age, party preference, political orientation, education, family income, ethnicity, and union membership.

CBS News, and The New York Times. CBS News/New York Times New York City Mayoral Election Exit Poll, November 1989. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-05-02.

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The data contain a weight variable that must be used in any analysis. The data contain blanks.

The election surveys were conducted at polling places among a sample of voters immediately after they cast their votes. The precincts are a random subsample of those used by CBS News for estimating election outcome. Sample precincts were selected with probability proportionate to the total vote cast in a recent past election. The sampling frame consisted of all precincts in New York City. Within precincts, respondents were selected on a systematic random basis.

Voters participating in the November 7, 1989 New York City mayoral election.

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2011-05-02 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.


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