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ABC News/Washington Post Post-Democratic Convention Poll, September 1996

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • ABC News
  • The Washington Post
Other Title
  • Version 2 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
attitudes; campaign issues; Clinton, Bill; Clinton, Hillary; congressional elections (US House); Democratic National Convention; Democratic Party (USA); Dole, Bob; Dole, Elizabeth; federal budget; Gingrich, Newt; Medicare; national economy; Perot, Ross; personal finances; political conventions; presidency; presidential candidates; presidential elections; presidential performance; public opinion; Republican Party (USA); social issues; Social Security; taxes; voter preferences
  • Abstract

    This special topic poll, conducted September 3-4, 1996, is part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicit public opinion on the presidency and on a range of political and social issues. The focus of this data collection was on the views of registered voters shortly after the 1996 Democratic National Convention held August 26-29, 1996. Views were sought on Bill Clinton's handling of the presidency and the national economy. Registered voters were asked to rate the likelihood that they would vote in the upcoming presidential election in November, to forecast their choices for president and for United States Representative, and to give their opinions of Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Dole, Newt Gingrich, and presidential candidates Bill Clinton, Bob Dole, and Ross Perot. In addition, respondents were asked to compare the positions of Bill Clinton and Bob Dole on issues such as taxes, Social Security, crime, welfare, Medicare, the military, the environment, and illegal drug use. Other questions addressed the recent United States missile attack on Iraq, Clinton's handling of the situation, and accusations involving Clinton's chief political advisor Dick Morris. Demographic information includes sex, age, race, education level, household income, political party affiliation, political philosophy, voter registration status and participation history, religion, and whether respondents considered themselves part of the religious right.
  • Methods

    The data contain a weight variable (WEIGHT) that should be used in analyzing the data. This poll consists of "standard" national representative samples of the adult population with sample balancing of sex, race, age, and education.
  • Methods

    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.; Created online analysis version with question text.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: ABC News/Washington Post Post-Democratic Convention Poll, September 1996
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1996-09
  • 1996-09-03 / 1996-09-04
    Collection date: 1996-09-03--1996-09-04
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Persons aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in the contiguous 48 United States.
Households were selected by random-digit dialing. Within households, the respondent selected was the adult living in the household who last had a birthday and who was at home at the time of interview.
Collection Mode
  • telephone interview

    The data available for download are not weighted and users will need to weight the data prior to analysis.

    The data collection was produced by Chilton Research Services of Radnor, PA. Original reports using these data may be found via the ABC News Polling Unit Web site and Washington Post Opinion Surveys and Polls Web site.

    According to the data collection instrument, code 3 in the variable Q909 (Education Level) includes respondents who answered that they had attended a technical school.

    The original data file contained four records per case and was reformatted into a data file with one record per case. To protect respondent confidentiality, respondent names were removed from the data file.

    The CASEID variable was created for use with online analysis.

2009-08-03 First names were removed from the data file. A full product suite including online analysis with question text has been added.
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 2004 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR02004.v1
  • Shafer, Byron E.. The American Elections of 1996. Electoral Studies.16, (3), 394-403.1997.
    • ID: 10.1016/S0261-3794(97)84376-4 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

ABC News; The Washington Post (1997): ABC News/Washington Post Post-Democratic Convention Poll, September 1996. Version 2. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v2. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.