CNN/TIME AllPolitics Vote '96

National Presidential Exit Poll Questions

First the questions, then the results.

(Here's a sampling of the questions asked to voters nationwide on Election Day.)


  1. Are you:
    1. Male
    2. Female

  2. Are you:
    1. White
    2. Black
    3. Hispanic/Latino
    4. Asian
    5. Other

  3. To which age group do you belong?
    1. 18-24
    2. 25-29
    3. 30-39
    4. 40-44
    5. 45-49
    6. 50-59
    7. 60-64
    8. 65 or over

  4. 1995 total family income:
    1. Under $15,000
    2. $15,000-$29,999
    3. $30,000-49,999
    4. $50,000-$74,999
    5. $75,000-$99,999
    6. $100,000 or more

  5. No matter how you voted today, do you usually think of yourself as a:
    1. Democrat
    2. Republican
    3. Independent
    4. Something else

  6. In the 1992 election for President, did you vote for:
    1. Bill Clinton (Dem)
    2. George Bush (Rep)
    3. Ross Perot (Ind)
    4. Someone else
    5. Did not vote for President in 1992

  7. On most political matters, do you consider yourself:
    1. Liberal
    2. Moderate
    3. Conservative

  8. What was the last grade of school you completed?
    1. Did not complete high school
    2. High school graduate
    3. Some college, but not degree
    4. College graduate
    5. Postgraduate study

  9. Are you:
    1. Protestant
    2. Catholic
    3. Other Christian
    4. Jewish
    5. Something else
    6. None

  10. Do you consider yourself part of the conservative Christian political movement, also known as the religious right?
    1. Yes
    2. No

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  11. If these were the only two presidential candidates on the ballot today, who would you have voted for?
    1. Bill Clinton (Dem)
    2. Bob Dole (Rep)

  12. When did you finally decide who to vote for in the Presidential election?
    1. In the last three days
    2. In the last week
    3. In the last month
    4. Before that

  13. Which comes closer to your view?
    1. Government should do more to solve problems
    2. Government is doing too many things better left to businesses and individuals

  14. In general, do you approve or disapprove of what the Republican in Congress have done in the last two years?
    1. Approve
    2. Disapprove

  15. Compared to four years ago, is your family's financial situation:
    1. Better today
    2. Worse today
    3. About the same

  16. Do you think the condition of the nation's economy is
    1. Excellent
    2. Good
    3. Not so good
    4. Poor

  17. Do you think things in this country today are:
    1. Generally going in the right directions
    2. Seriously off on the wrong track

  18. If Bill Clinton is re-elected, would you rather have the U.S. Congress controlled by:
    1. The Democrats
    2. The Republicans

  19. Regardless of how you voted today, are you concerned that a Democratic-controlled Congress will be too liberal?
    1. Yes
    2. No

  20. Regardless of how you voted today, are you concerned that a Republican-controlled Congress would be too conservative?
    1. Yes
    2. No

  21. In your vote for U.S. House of Representatives, how important were Bill Clinton and his policies?
    1. Very important
    2. Somewhat important
    3. Not too important
    4. Not at all important

  22. In your vote for U.S. House of Representatives, how important were Newt Gingrich and his policies?
    1. Very important
    2. Somewhat important
    3. Not too important
    4. Not at all important

  23. Is your opinion of Newt Gingrich
    1. Favorable
    2. Unfavorable

  24. Do you think the government can reduce the federal budget deficit and cut taxes at the same time?
    1. Yes
    2. No

  25. Do you think Bob Dole would be able to reduce the federal budget deficit and cut taxes by 15% at the same time?
    1. Yes
    2. No

  26. Do you think Bill Clinton would be able to reduce the federal budget deficit and pay for the programs he supports at the same time?
    1. Yes
    2. No

  27. If Bill Clinton wins today, what best describes your feelings about what he will do in his second term?
    1. Excited
    2. Optimistic, but not excited
    3. Concerned, but not scared
    4. Scared

  28. Which statement best describes your opinion of what Bill Clinton wants to do in the next four years:
    1. I support almost all of it
    2. I support some of it
    3. I support only a little of it
    4. I oppose almost all of it

  29. Which best describes your vote for President:
    1. I support the candidate with no reservations
    2. I support the candidate, but with reservations

  30. Which was more important in your vote for President?
    1. His position on the issues
    2. His personal character and values

  31. Did either of these candidates for President attack the other unfairly?
    1. Bill Clinton did
    2. Bob Dole did
    3. Both did
    4. Neither did

  32. Regardless of how you voted today, do you think Bill Clinton is honest and trustworthy?
    1. Yes
    2. No

  33. In explaining Whitewater and other matters under investigation, do you think Bill Clinton has:
    1. Told the truth
    2. Not told the truth

  34. Regardless of how you voted today, do you think Bob Dole understands the problems of people like you?
    1. Yes
    2. No

  35. Regardless of how you voted today, do you think Bob Dole's age would interfere with his ability to serve effectively as President?
    1. Yes
    2. No


  36. Who is more likely to reduce Medicare and Social Security benefits?
    1. Bill Clinton
    2. Bob Dole
    3. Both equally
    4. Neither

  37. Which party is more likely to reduce Medicare and Social Security benefits?
    1. Democratic
    2. Republican
    3. Both equally
    4. Neither

  38. If these are the candidates in the next presidential election, would you vote for:
    1. Al Gore (Dem)
    2. Jack Kemp (Rep)
    3. Would not vote for President

  39. Is your opinion of Hillary Rodham Clinton:
    1. Favorable
    2. Unfavorable

  40. Do you expect life for the next generation of Americans to be:
    1. Better than life today
    2. Worse than life today
    3. About the same

  41. Which comes closest to your position? Abortion should be:
    1. Legal in all cases
    2. Legal in most cases
    3. Illegal in most cases
    4. Illegal in all cases

  42. Do you think the new federal welfare law:
    1. Cuts welfare too much
    2. Does not cut welfare enough
    3. Is about right

  43. Are you currently married?
    1. Yes
    2. No

  44. Do you work full-time for pay?
    1. Yes
    2. No

  45. Do you have a child under 18 living at home?
    1. Yes
    2. No

  46. Do you have a child under 18 living at home?
    1. Yes
    2. No

  47. Are you a gun owner?
    1. Yes
    2. No

  48. Do you or someone in your household belong to a labor union?
    1. Yes
    2. No

  49. Is this the first time you have ever voted?
    1. Yes
    2. No

  50. Do you frequently listen to political call-in shows on the radio?
    1. Yes
    2. No

  51. Which best describes you?
    1. Current cigarette smoker
    2. Former smoker who quit
    3. Never smoked cigarettes

  52. Do you regularly use the Internet?
    1. Yes
    2. No

  53. Were you born in the United States?
    1. Yes
    2. No

  54. Are you gay, lesbian or bisexual?
    1. Yes
    2. No

  55. Regardless of how you voted, who would you prefer as First Lady?
    1. Hillary Clinton
    2. Elizabeth Dole

  56. If Colin Powell had been the Republican presidential nominee, would you have voted for:
    1. Bill Clinton (Dem)
    2. Colin Powell (Rep)
    3. Ross Perot (Ref)
    4. Would not have voted for President

  57. In general, which is better for the country?
    1. President and Congress of the same party
    2. President of one party; Congress of another

  58. Are you concerned that scandals will have a serious impact on a second Clinton administration?
    1. Yes
    2. No

  59. In today's election for U.S. Senator, did you just vote for:
    1. (Dem)
    2. (Rep)
    3. Other: Who?
    4. Did not vote for U.S. Senator

  60. In today's election for Governor, did you just vote for:
    1. The Democratic candidate
    2. The Republican candidate
    3. Other

  61. In today's election for U.S. House of Representatives, did you just vote for:
    1. The Democratic candidate
    2. The Republican candidate
    3. Other: Who?
    4. Did not vote for U.S. House

  62. When did you finally decide who to vote for in the U.S. House election?
    1. In the last three days
    2. In the last week
    3. In the last month
    4. Before that

  63. Which one issue mattered most in deciding how you voted for President?
    1. Foreign policy
    2. Medicare/Social Security
    3. Taxes
    4. Crime/Drugs
    5. Economy/Jobs
    6. Education
    7. Federal budget deficit

  64. Which one candidate quality mattered most in deciding how you voted for President?
    6. He has a vision for the future
    5. He is in touch with the 1990s
    4. He is honest and trustworthy
    3. He cares about people like me
    2. He stands up for what he believes in
    1. He shares my view of government

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