New York Times Nutrition Survey, October-November 1987 (ICPSR 9216)

Principal Investigator(s): The New York Times


This survey examines respondents' eating habits and views on nutrition. Topics covered include the amount of attention Americans paid to what they eat, junk food, the use of microwave ovens, the length of time for meal preparation, and how much attention the respondent gave to dietary concerns such as cholesterol, salt, fats, additives and preservatives, calories, and caffeine. Additional questions asked of respondents include what they ate for the previous day's meals and snacks, who did most of the shopping for food and cooking in the respondent's home, which of the previous day's meals the respondent ate with the people they lived with, and how many times a week the respondent exercised. Background information on individuals includes age, income, sex, marital status, education, and race.

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Study Description


The New York Times. New York Times Nutrition Survey, October-November 1987 . ICPSR09216-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-07-27.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    diet, eating habits, exercise, food preferences, health behavior, nutrition

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1987-10-29--1987-11-05

Date of Collection:   

  • 1987-10-29--1987-11-05

Universe:    All adults in the United States, excluding Alaska and Hawaii.

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. There are multiple records per case.


Sample:    Independent random sample for each of the seven days.

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:   1990-05-01

Version History:

  • 2011-07-27 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.

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