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Study Report

Study Number: LA-147-001-1-1-USA-ICPSR-1988

Subject Area: Public Opinion on Political Matters, Political Participation

Bibliographic Citation: ABC News/ Washington Post 50 state poll, September-November 1988.  [machine-readable data file] / ABC News  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 9179

Date Accessioned: 8/9/1999

Number of Files Received: 0

Comments: Data are ftpable from ICPSR by DPLS staff.

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison Campus

Date Ordered: 7/7/1999

Documentation: One volume hard copy codebook.

Abstract: Conducted in the fall of 1988, this data collection focused on the upcoming November general election. In September and October respondents were asked if they were registered to vote, how closely they were following the presidential race, if they planned to vote in the upcoming election, which presidential ticket (Bush/Quayle or Dukakis/Bentsen) and which congressional candidate (Republican or Democrat) they would vote for if the election were held that day. Respondents living in states with Senate and/or governor's elections also were asked if they would vote for the Democratic or Republican candidate and the strength of their support for the named candidate. Other questions asked dealt with their opinion of the Reagan presidency, whether they had a favorable or unfavorable impression of Dukakis and Bush and whether either's views were too liberal or conservative, which party the respondent trusted to do a better job over the next few years, and if the national and local economies were getting better or worse. In addition, those surveyed were also asked about their belief in the importance of certain issues in determining their presidential vote choice. These issues included the Pledge of Allegiance in schools, the Strategic Defense Initiative (''Star Wars''), taxes, crime, drugs, the federal budget deficit, the environment, and a strong military. Respondents were recontacted in November shortly before the general election and asked how closely they were following the presidential race, if they planned to vote in the upcoming election, which presidential ticket and which congressional candidate they would vote for if the election were held that day, and the strength of their support for the named candidates. Respondents living in states with Senate and/or governor's elections were again asked if they would vote for the Democratic or Republican candidate and the strength of their support for the named candidate. Background information on respondents includes political alignment, 1984 presidential vote choice, education, age, religion, labor union membership, race, income, sex, and state/region of residence.

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