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ABC News/Washington Post Clinton Scandal/Iraq Poll, February 1998

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • ABC News
  • The Washington Post
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
attitudes; Clinton, Bill; ethics; leadership; Lewinsky scandal; moral judgement; public opinion; social values
  • Abstract

    This special topic poll sought respondents' views on the presidency, the alleged affair between President Bill Clinton and former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, and United States relations with Iraq. Respondents were asked to assess Clinton in the following areas: honesty, personal moral and ethical standards, understanding of the problems of the American people, leadership, and ability to keep the economy strong. A series of questions addressed the alleged affair between Clinton and Lewinsky. Topics covered the overall importance of the allegations to the American people, independent counsel Kenneth Starr's investigation and motives, and whether the public believed that the affair took place. Iraq's recent pattern of interference with the United Nations' weapons inspection team was addressed as well. Topics covered possible United States responses to that behavior, including bombings and a ground invasion, the potential loss of American lives, the future of diplomacy between the United States and Iraq, Clinton's foreign policy, and whether the United States should force Saddam Hussein from power. Background information on respondents includes age, race, ethnicity, sex, education, political party, and family income.
  • 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) A weight variable with two implied decimal places has been included and must be used in any analysis.

2006-11-13 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
  • 2510 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)

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

ABC News; The Washington Post (1998): ABC News/Washington Post Clinton Scandal/Iraq Poll, February 1998. Version 1. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.