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CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll #3, August 1998

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • CBS News
  • The New York Times
Other Title
  • Version 2 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • CBS News/New York Times Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
attitudes; Clinton, Bill; Clinton, Hillary; foreign policy; Gore, Al; leadership; Lewinsky scandal; national economy; presidency; presidential performance; public opinion; social issues; Starr, Kenneth; Whitewater inquiry
  • Abstract

    This poll 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, his integrity, his leadership skills, and his handling of the presidency, foreign policy, and the economy. Respondents' views were also sought regarding Vice President Al Gore, First Lady Hillary Clinton, Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr, and former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Respondents were asked to state their opinions on Clinton's August 17, 1998, admission before a grand jury that he had had an affair with Lewinsky. Those queried were also asked if they found it understandable why Clinton did not tell the truth in January 1998 when initially asked about the affair, and whether they felt it was more serious for the president to lie about national policy issues or about his sexual behavior. An additional series of questions was asked regarding the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal, including the overall importance of this situation to the nation, whether it was a public or private matter, and who was to blame for creating and prolonging the matter. Respondents were asked whether they believed Mrs. Clinton's defense of her husband prior to August 17, 1998, and whether they believed that she did not know the whole story until the weekend prior to Clinton's testimony. Additional questions covered the possible punishments that Clinton might encounter, whether this scandal had damaged the institution of the United States presidency, whether the Whitewater investigation should be dropped, and whether Clinton was guilty in the sexual harassment lawsuit filed against him by former Arkansas state employee Paula Jones. Background information on respondents includes age, sex, race, ethnicity, political party, political orientation, religion, education, marital status, voter registration and participation history, family income, and age of children in household.
  • 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
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. Where appropriate, hardcopy documentation has been converted into 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.

2010-06-23 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
  • 2606 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR02606.v1

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

CBS News; The New York Times (1998): CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll #3, August 1998. Version 2. CBS News/New York Times Poll Series. Version: v2. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.