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Washington Post Starr Report Poll, September 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; congressional elections; Gingrich, Newt; Lewinsky scandal; misconduct in office; national economy; presidency; public opinion; Starr, Kenneth; trust in government; United states Congress
  • Abstract

    This special topic poll, fielded September 11-13, 1998, sought respondents' views on Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr's ongoing investigation of President Bill Clinton and the resulting "Starr Report," submitted to the United States Congress on September 10, 1998. Respondents were asked to give their opinions of Clinton and his handling of the presidency and the economy, as well as their views on the United States Congress, Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Starr, and the direction of the country. Those queried were asked whom they trusted to handle the problems of the nation and for whom they would be voting in the upcoming November 1998 congressional elections. A series of questions addressed the investigation into Clinton's relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Topics covered whether respondents believed that Clinton had explained enough, whether Clinton had apologized enough, and whether Clinton had done anything illegal. Respondents were asked if they believed, based on the Starr Report, that Clinton should resign, be impeached, or be censured. Additional questions covered the evidence contained in the Starr Report, the amount of detail regarding Clinton's sexual relationship with Lewinsky included in the report, and whether this scandal would impact Clinton's ability to serve effectively as president. Background information on respondents includes age, sex, race, education, political party affliation, and voter registration and participation history.
  • Methods

    The data contain a weight variable (WGT) that should be used for analysis.
  • 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.; Created online analysis version with question text.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1998-09
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Persons aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in the contiguous 48 United States.
Stratified random-digit dialing. Within households, respondents were selected using a method developed by Leslie Kish and modified by Charles Backstrom and Gerald Hursh (see Backstrom and Hursh, SURVEY RESEARCH, Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1963).
Collection Mode
  • telephone interview

    The data available for download are not weighted and users will need to weight the data prior to analysis.

    The CASEID variable was created for use with online analysis.

    This data collection was produced by Chilton Research Services, Radnor, PA.

2008-09-22 The weight variable was corrected and SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files and SAS and Stata supplemental files have been added to this data collection. The CASEID variable was created for use with online analysis. Question text has been added to the codebook and the data collection instrument has been taken out of the codebook and made into its own file.
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
  • 2637 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR02637.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: 8 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

The Washington Post (1999): Washington Post Starr Report Poll, September 1998. Archival Version. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.