ABC News "World News Tonight" Starr Report Poll #5, September 1998

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • ABC News
Other Title
  • Version 2 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
attitudes; Clinton, Bill; impeachment; Lewinsky scandal; Lewinsky, Monica; misconduct in office; presidency; public confidence; public opinion; Starr, Kenneth; United States Congress
  • Abstract

    This special topic poll, fielded on September 14, 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. Opinions were elicited on whether the president should remain in office, resign, be impeached, or be censured, if it were proven that he either lied under oath or encouraged former White House intern Monica Lewinsky to lie under oath. Respondents were asked whether they believed Starr or Clinton, whether they believed that the investigation had been fair or politically motivated, and whether the investigation was about sex or serious lawbreaking. Those queried were also asked whether they believed that Clinton's behavior in the Lewinsky affair was separate from his ability to govern. The results of the poll were announced on the ABC television program "World News Tonight." Background information on respondents includes sex and political party.
  • Methods

    The data contain weight variables (WGT, POSTWGT) 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: Performed consistency checks.; Created variable labels and/or value labels.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1998-09
  • Collection date: 1998-09-14
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.

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

    The CASEID variable was created for use with online analysis.

    The data and documentation for this study were acquired from the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research.

2008-11-20 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 study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 2642 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR02642.v1

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