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CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll #2, September 1998

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • CBS News
  • The New York Times
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • CBS News/New York Times Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
Clinton, Bill; Clinton, Hillary; Gingrich, Newt; impeachment; Lewinsky scandal; presidency; presidential performance; public opinion; Starr, Kenneth; testimony; United States Congress
  • 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 and his leadership, the United States Congress, First Lady Hillary Clinton, Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr, and Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. A series of questions was asked about the relationship between Clinton and former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, including the importance of the matter to the nation, whether Clinton had said enough on the topic, whether it was a public or a private matter, who was to blame for the situation, whether the respondent thought that Clinton encouraged Lewinsky to lie about their relationship, and what should happen to him if he did obstruct justice. Regarding the Independent Counsel's report on the Clinton investigation, released on September 11, 1998, respondents were asked about the extent to which they had read or heard about the report, the fairness of the report, whether it was appropriate to include graphic sexual details about Clinton and Lewinsky's relationship, the Independent Counsel's motivation for doing so, whether releasing the report was the "right" thing to do, the report's lack of mention of the Whitewater investigation, and the influence of the report. Respondents were asked whether they believed that the United States House of Representatives' Judiciary Committee should hold hearings to determine whether to impeach Clinton, whether that committee should release the videotape of Clinton's testimony, and whether the nation had faith in Congress to do the right thing. Additional topics covered the effect of the scandal on Congress, on the Clinton administration, on Clinton's ability to represent the United States abroad, and on the November 1998 election, as well as whether school teachers should discuss the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal with their students. Background information on respondents includes age, sex, race, ethnicity, political party, political orientation, voter registration and participation history, marital status, employment status, family income, age of children in the household, personal use of a computer, and access to the Starr report on the Internet.
  • 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. When 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.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 2608 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR02608.v1
  • Enomoto, Carl E., Baker, Nancy. Public opinions of the impeachment of President William Jefferson Clinton: A look back. American Review of Political Economy.3, (2), 51-71.2005.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Cohen, Jeffrey E.. The Polls: Favorability Ratings of Presidents. Presidential Studies Quarterly.29, (3), 690-696.1999.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 8 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

CBS News; The New York Times (1999): CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll #2, September 1998. Archival Version. CBS News/New York Times Poll Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.