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ABC News Clinton Terrorism Poll, August 1998

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • ABC News
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
attitudes; Clinton, Bill; counterterrorism; embassies; Lewinsky scandal; military air strikes; military intervention; presidency; presidential performance; public confidence; public opinion; terrorism; terrorist threat
  • Abstract

    This special topic poll, fielded August 19, 1998, sought respondents' views on the presidency and on the United States' decision, earlier in the day, to launch missile attacks against sites in Afghanistan and Sudan that were suspected to have been used by terrorists who attacked two United States embassies in Africa earlier in the month. Respondents were asked whether they believed that the attacks would prove an effective deterrent against future acts of terrorism, whether they trusted President Bill Clinton to handle the United States' response to terrorism, and whether the attacks were for the purpose of combating terrorism or to shift public attention away from the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Those queried were also asked whether they believed that the situation involving Lewinsky had interfered with Clinton's ability to serve effectively as president. Background information on respondents includes sex and political party.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1998-08
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Collection Mode
  • The data are provided as an SPSS portable file.

    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.

This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 2634 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR02634.v1
  • Kulkarni, R.G., Stough, R.R., Haynes, K.E.. Towards an information entropy model of job approval rating: The Clinton presidency. Entropy.1, (3), 37-49.1999.
    • ID: 10.3390/e1030037 (DOI)

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

ABC News (1999): ABC News Clinton Terrorism Poll, August 1998. Archival Version. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.