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Washington Post Paula Jones Lawsuit Dismissal Poll, April 1998

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • The Washington Post
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
attitudes; Clinton, Bill; Clinton, Hillary; ethics; Gingrich, Newt; Gore, Al; Jones, Paula; leadership; Lewinsky, Monica; misconduct in office; moral judgement; presidency; public opinion; sexual harassement; Starr, Kenneth; United States Congress; Willey, Kathleen
  • Abstract

    This special topic poll sought respondents' views on the presidency, the recent dismissal by a federal judge of the Paula Jones' sexual harassment lawsuit against President Bill Clinton, and independent counsel Kenneth Starr's investigations of the president. Respondents were asked to give their opinions of President Clinton, First Lady Hillary Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Kenneth Starr, former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, former Arkansas state employee Paula Jones, former White House volunteer Kathleen Willey, and the United States Congress. Those queried were asked to assess Clinton's honesty, personal moral and ethical standards, strength as a leader, understanding of the American people, and ability to maintain a strong economy. A series of questions addressed the recent allegations of sexual misconduct and obstruction of justice waged against Clinton. Topics included the overall importance of these allegations to the American people, the actions that should be taken if Clinton were to be found guilty, the lasting effect of these allegations on Clinton's legacy, who was to blame for the scandals, and whether Clinton or his advisors attempted to obstruct Starr's investigation. Respondents were also asked to assess the future of Starr's investigation and whether Starr was seeking the truth or merely trying to damage Clinton politically. Demographic variables include age, race, ethnicity, sex, education, political party, voter participation history, and family income.
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    • 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 three implied decimal places has been included and must be used in any analysis.

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Alternative Identifiers
  • 2486 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR02486.v1

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

The Washington Post (1998): Washington Post Paula Jones Lawsuit Dismissal Poll, April 1998. Archival Version. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.