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ABC News "Nightline" Newt Gingrich and Ethics Poll, January 1997

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • ABC News
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
campaign contributions; congressional investigations; ethics; fundraising; Gingrich, Newt; media coverage; political ethics; politicians; public officials; public opinion
  • Abstract

    This special topic poll sought respondents' views on Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, his honesty, and the ethics of politicians. Respondents were asked for their opinion on Gingrich's admission to giving inaccurate information to the House Ethics Committee regarding political fundraising activities, the $300,000 fine that Gingrich received as punishment, and Gingrich's reelection as Speaker of the House. Additional topics covered the role of news organizations in the ethics investigation, politicians and ethics, whether Gingrich was a victim of a double standard, whether Gingrich or his lawyer was to blame for the wrong-doing, and whether Gingrich was punished because he was a conservative Republican. The results of the poll were announced on the ABC television program "Nightline." Demographic variables include political party and sex.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Collection Mode
  • (1) This collection has not been processed by ICPSR staff. ICPSR is distributing the data and documentation for this collection in essentially the same form in which they were received. When appropriate, hardcopy documentation has been converted to machine-readable form and variables have been recoded to ensure respondents' anonymity. (2) The codebook is provided as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided through the ICPSR Website on the Internet. (3) A weight variable with two implied decimal places has been included and must be used in any analysis.

2006-11-10 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 2172 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)

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

ABC News (1998): ABC News "Nightline" Newt Gingrich and Ethics Poll, January 1997. Version 1. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.