New York Times Survey, December 1985 (ICPSR 8690)

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The major political parties are the focus of this survey. Respondents were asked to evaluate whether the Democratic or Republican party would do a better job of handling inflation, unemployment, foreign trade problems, the federal budget deficit, and new problems that may arise in the future, and whether either party would be more likely to keep the United States out of war and keep defenses strong. Respondents also were asked to identify which party has more money, is more organized, and cares more about the needs of big business, women, labor unions, farmers, and blacks. In addition, respondents were asked who they considered to be the important leaders of each party and if there were any groups within each party that concerned them. Other items include the respondent's party identification and voting history, Ronald Reagan's performance as President, big corporations, government corruption, the United States Supreme Court, and abortion. Demographic characteristics also are included.

The New York Times. New York Times Survey, December 1985. Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2017-03-27.

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Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research
1985-12-14 -- 1985-12-18
1985-12-14 -- 1985-12-18
  1. This dataset has a weight variable that must be used in all analyses.


Stratified random digit dialing.


Eligible voters 18 years or older.


telephone interviews



2018-02-15 The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented. The previous citation was:
  • The New York Times. New York Times Survey, December 1985. ICPSR08690-v3. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2017-03-27.

2017-03-27 The SPSS setup files were updated to conform to current standards. SAS and Stata setup files, as well as SPSS and Stata system files, a SAS transport (CPORT) file, an R data file, a tab-delimited data file, and a PDF codebook have been added to the collection.

1987-10-12 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:

  • Standardized missing values.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

The data are not weighted, however there is one weight variable, V7 (WEIGHT), that users may wish to apply during analysis.



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