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CBS News Monthly Poll #6, January 1998

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • CBS News
Other Title
  • Version 2 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • CBS News/New York Times Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
Clinton, Bill; Lewinsky scandal; Lewinsky, Monica; presidency; presidential performance; public opinion; resignation from office; Starr, Kenneth; State of the Union Address
  • Abstract

    This poll, fielded January 26, 1998, is part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicit public opinion on the presidency and on a range of other political and social issues. Respondents were asked to give their opinions of President Bill Clinton, particularly in light of claims that he had had an affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Respondents were queried as to how closely they had followed the story of the alleged affair, how important an issue they thought it was, whether it would interfere with the president's effectiveness in office and his ability to achieve his policy goals for the current year, whether they believed Clinton's denial of the affair given earlier in the day, and whether that response had made the situation better or worse for him. Opinions were elicited concerning who was to blame for the situation--the president or his political enemies, whether Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr's investigation of the president was impartial or partisan, and whether Clinton should resign from office, or whether discussion of his resignation should be deferred until all of the facts were in. Respondents were also asked how the Lewinsky story would affect the upcoming presidential State of the Union speech, whether they were planning to watch the speech, whether they were more likely to watch it in light of the Lewinsky matter, and whether it would be better for the speech to be postponed. Background information on respondents includes age, race, sex, education, political party, political orientation, recent voting history, age of children in the household, and family income.
  • 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..
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    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1998-01-26
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.

2010-02-24 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 2456 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR02456.v1

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

CBS News (1999): CBS News Monthly Poll #6, January 1998. Version 2. CBS News/New York Times Poll Series. Version: v2. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.